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Long- and Short-Term Effects of Depression

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❶In —38 the United States suffered another severe downturn, but after mid the American economy grew even more rapidly than in the mids.

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They stop caring about things they used to enjoy, such as hobbies or sex. Often they feel a loss of energy, and they may be incapable of concentrating on anything. Aches and pains that won't go away, irregular sleep patterns and loss of appetite also indicate depression. Short-term effects of depression include a loss of interest in life. People with depression lack their former motivation and enthusiasm for activities and goals. Often they suffer from loneliness they feel is incurable.

Energy levels drop not only from psychological depression, but also from not taking care of themselves. They may feel uninterested in personal hygiene and stop eating well. Often they succumb to their lack of energy and motivation by oversleeping in an effort to escape the world. Long-term effects of depression include chronic fatigue because of loss of energy and irregular sleep patterns. This, combined with a weakened immune system, can lead to a susceptibility to physical illness.

Those with depression might also suffer chronic aches and pains. People with long-term depression feel isolated and often have trouble expressing affection. This can cause relationships to deteriorate. Depression also affects attention and memory.

Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that causes people to feel happy and social. When this crucial chemical is out of balance in the brain, people will stop participating in activities that they used to enjoy. They may feel that these activities are not worth the effort of leaving their homes.

It is not uncommon for people with untreated depression to stay in bed all day, miss days or even weeks of work, and stop participating in family activities. A common symptom is feeling the need to stay home with the blinds shut and curtains pulled, all while ignoring phone calls and emails from friends and loved ones. Many people with depression feel that the disease does not need to be treated by a physician.

In the United States, there is a social stigma concerning depression. It is seen as a personal weakness and not a viable medical condition. For this reason, many people turn to substance abuse to relieve their symptoms. Substance abuse can lead to alcoholism, drug addiction and misuse of prescription medication such as narcotic pain relievers. These behaviors can lead to liver damage, kidney failure and death by accidental overdose. When serotonin levels in the brain are imbalanced, it affects other brain chemicals and metabolites as well, which in turn affects the central nervous system's ability to function properly.

This disrupts the body's natural "fight or flight" response, and the central nervous system randomly goes into "fight or flight" mode and releases extra adrenaline, which over time causes irreversible damage to the cardiovascular system. Depression also increases endothelial inflammation, which causes stress to arteries and blood vessels, and increases the stickiness of platelets, which in turn increases the risk for blood clots and heart attacks.

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Effects Of The Great Depression The Great Depression caused a myriad of changes in American society and economic policies, many of which linger to this day. Click here for facts about the effects of the Great Depression.

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The Great Depression of devastated the U.S. economy. Half of all banks failed. Unemployment rose to 25 percent and homelessness increased. Housing prices plummeted 30 percent, international trade collapsed by 60 percent, and prices fell 10 percent. It took 25 years for the stock market to recover. But there were some .

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Long-Term Effects. Long-term effects of depression include chronic fatigue because of loss of energy and irregular sleep patterns. This, combined with a weakened immune system, can lead to a susceptibility to physical illness. Those with depression might also suffer chronic aches and pains. America had gone through hard times before: a bank panic and depression in the early s, and other economic hard times in the late s, the mids, and the early and mids. But never did it suffer an economic illness so deep and so long as the Great Depression of the s. Economists.

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As the world economies have started to recover from the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression, attention is shifting from the immediate response to the long-term effect of the crisis. Past crises left a long-lasting mark on the structure of the economy, on politics, on the way economists think about the economy, and, more broadly. Today we have the EU the so called German super state which now exists because of the creation and fall of the Berlin wall, as the industrialised German East merged with the West creating an industrial machine that now dominates all of Europe. There are many long-term good and bad effects of the great depression.