How depression affects everybody else

June 11, 2012 10:08am CST
Depression is like a virus, it can be passed from person to person. If someone in your family is depressed then most likely at some point or another you will be depressed because of it. I have first hand experience with this, my family suffers from depression. Depression is almost like a plague, it's hard to stop and there is no permanent cure for this plague. Matters of the mind are hard to fix.
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• Philippines
11 Jun 12
That is true, but it can be avoided i believe. I have learned that depression comes with age and with certain bodily conditions. I am sure you have heard the postpartum depression. Also, women who are in the menopausal stage suffers from depression. I am one of them, but i only get depressed when i am at home when i am not busy. So for me to avoid from being depressed is to keep myself busy. Also, being with younger and happy persons can help keep depression away. according to medicine, depression can be caused by hormonal change, in giving birth, there is a sudden hormonal change that affects our mental state. In menopausal stage too, wherein the ovary that produces female hormones, estrogen and progesterone are becoming less and less active. The gradual loss of youthfulness is also depressing to women. Well, for me, it is only the affected person who can do something about it. Talking it out with somebody who is willing to listen can help a lot, socializing, being busy with a hobby, going shopping if you have lots of money and traveling.
11 Jun 12
I think it's also dependent on the person, in my family depression is hereditary. When one of us is deperessed it hurts the resto of my family and everybody else around us.
• United States
24 Jun 12
I think perhaps yes, Depression can be contagious. Maybe that's why it's running rampant these days. There's also a genetic component to Depression. If someone in the family is diagnosed with a mental illness, then it's highly probable that someone else in the family will be diagnosed in the future because mental illness can run in families. Both of my cousins have bi-polar disorder, and I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. Now that I've been in therapy for awhile, I'm wondering if my sister could possibly have an undiagnosed case of Social Anxiety Disorder as well.
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
11 Jun 12
its not like a virus that lasts a few days and then its gone and it is not passed around like a virus either. it can be seen through families and passed through genes like any other disease.
• United States
11 Jun 12
I think as long as I take my meds I am doing well. It is sad and true that others can make you have it. I suffered hard a short while ago because my sister is under stress. but,we both are moving around the same time so we will both be doing much better.