People first experienced depression at a median age of 26 and 31, respectively, based on different measures of symptoms and diagnosis. But many people have no symptoms and therefore cannot be diagnosed.
London, UK (WS News Publisher) – At what age do people experience depression for the first time? The survey from Our World in Data showed that the median age of onset was 26 when measured by symptoms and 31 when measured by diagnosis. A quarter of the patients were asymptomatic before the age of 34. A quarter of patients were undiagnosed before the age of 46.
Symptoms of depression include irritability, loss of interest, weight loss or gain, loss or gain of appetite, insomnia or lethargy, slowed thinking, difficulty concentrating, physical exhaustion and lack of energy, thinking life is meaningless, often self-blaming, often sad, full of negative thoughts. These can all lead to serious health problems!
In recent years, the number of people suffering from major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders has increased by more than a quarter globally due to epidemic diseases. Women and young people are most affected by depression and anxiety disorders. In addition, some studies have shown that these diseases have a younger trend.
Why are women and young people most affected by depression and anxiety? Some experts pointed out that women tend to assume more responsibility for taking care of their families in a turbulent world and may even become victims of domestic violence, so women are more affected. Young people are also more affected due to social distancing restrictions and the risk of unemployment.
When people are depressed, how to relieve their emotions? Proper sleep time, exercise, and good eating habits are all ways to stabilize your mood. Studies have shown that exercise can increase blood flow and oxygenation, and affect neurotransmitters and chemicals, thereby soothing depression; just 30 minutes of exercise can help affect feelings of well-being.
On the other hand, from a biological point of view, depression is caused by excessively low “serotonin,” leading to depression, insomnia, and memory loss. Too much stress, lack of sleep, or malnutrition can affect Serotonin secretion. Some doctors give patients oral tryptophan to boost serotonin production, but in addition to prescription drugs, tryptophan can also be obtained from nuts and beans.
In addition, sleep duration has an impact on the human body. In addition to affecting physical health, it may also lead to cognitive decline, irritability, and depression risk. Some scientists have pointed out that if a person usually goes to bed at 1 am, changes to sleep at 12 midnight, and maintains the same sleep time, the risk of depression can be reduced by 23%.
There are more and more people with depression around the world. If the patient has suicidal thoughts or behaviors, it means that they are sending out a distress signal and they need more care at this time. Please accompany and care for them more, and seek medical resources and professional help.