Positive and Negative Effects of Depression on a Person’s Quality of Life

Depression Promotes Analytical Reasoning
Depression, as unusual as it may sound, has a positive effect on a person’s life. According to a research published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, depression promotes analytical reasoning required in completing complex tasks. This is despite of the findings that depression symptoms interfere with people’s cognitive functioning. This is the reason why some depressed people turn out to be successful once they are able to overcome the depression.

Now if all depression cases have a happy ending like this then it would have been great. Unfortunately, more often than not, depression has negative effects on a person’s physical and mental health. Here are some ways on how depression can take a toll on a person’s quality of life.

Health and Hygiene Suffer
A common sign and effect of depression is sleep deprivation. When you’re not sleeping well, you won’t only lack the energy you need for the next day, your immune function will also drop significantly and make you more susceptible to ailments. This is why, people with depression commonly have other health problems that make them even more depressed.

Another thing that can wane a depressed person’s health is unhealthy habits. Many people undergoing depression turn to alcohol and drugs in hope that these can help them escape troubles and negative thoughts. Drugs and alcohol are addictive and people can develop dependence on them. Apart from that, these can also take a toll on a person’s physical health.

Deterioration in personal hygiene is also prevalent among people who are depressed. It’s typical for people with this condition to refuse to take a bath, comb their hair, or wash their clothes. They feel they have no reason to clean up. This and lack of sleep are both detrimental to a person’s health. Not to mention, depressed people also don’t have the appetite to eat so they don’t get the nutritional value they need to stay in top shape.

Professional Life Suffers
A person’s career can also be harmed by depression. When you’re depressed, you find it extremely difficult to maintain the same level of productivity and enthusiasm that you had for work before. Because of this, people who are depressed are not able to meet deadlines, attend meetings, and accomplish tasks, especially when under pressure. Their poor performance affects their already low self-esteem and this buries them deeper into depression.

Relationships Suffer
Apart from health, hygiene and career, relationships of depressed people are also affected greatly. A depressed spouse finds it hard to fulfill his/her partner’s emotional needs since he/she cannot even fill up his/her own. A depressed parent struggles with the responsibilities of tending his/her children. The family is filled with negative emotions like remorse, guilt, self-hatred, and many more. It’s not just the relationship with the family that is affected but so is a person’s relationship with friends, neighbors, coworkers, and so on.

It is for these negative effects that a person with depression needs to seek professional help immediately.

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