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If You're Depressed Now, It Can Wreak Havoc on Your Brain Later

ETNT Mind+Body Logo By John Anderer of ETNT Mind+Body | Slide 1 of 5: Here's an understatement: Life is better when we're happy. A positive outlook can improve even the dreariest of days. Of course, the ability to keep smiling in the face of adversity and everyday mundanity isn't always easy. Everyone grapples with the occasional bad mood or full-blown bout of depression to varying degrees. But, did you know that depression is also linked to an increased risk of dementia?For instance, one study published in Archives of General Psychiatry concludes depression in old age is associated with a 70% higher risk of dementia. What about depression earlier in life, though? Do feelings of discontentment during early adulthood also elevate a person's risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia decades down the line?That was the question a fascinating new study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco set out to answer, and the ensuing results were compelling. While it goes without saying that depression is a complex condition that requires personalized attention, treatment, and understanding, this study's findings are sure to motivate all of us to try and find the sunny side of life.Read on to learn more, and next, don't miss the 3 Major Secrets to Living to 99, According to Betty White.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

If You're Depressed Now, It Can Wreak Havoc on Your Brain Later

Here's an understatement: Life is better when we're happy. A positive outlook can improve even the dreariest of days. Of course, the ability to keep smiling in the face of adversity and everyday mundanity isn't always easy. Everyone grapples with the occasional bad mood or full-blown bout of depression to varying degrees. But, did you know that depression is also linked to an increased risk of dementia?

For instance, one study published in Archives of General Psychiatry concludes depression in old age is associated with a 70% higher risk of dementia. What about depression earlier in life, though? Do feelings of discontentment during early adulthood also elevate a person's risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia decades down the line?

That was the question a fascinating new study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco set out to answer, and the ensuing results were compelling. While it goes without saying that depression is a complex condition that requires personalized attention, treatment, and understanding, this study's findings are sure to motivate all of us to try and find the sunny side of life.

Read on to learn more, and next, don't miss the 3 Major Secrets to Living to 99, According to Betty White.

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

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