Poorly managed depression can increase social withdrawal, family conflict, poor interpersonal relationships, substance abuse, stress, anxiety, loss of productivity and personal control, loss of ability to care for family, risk of physical illness (i.e. cardiovascular disease), risk of death/suicide.
Depression may be as debilitating as any chronic illness, and can reduce a person’s ability to function physically and socially. It may impair the ability to care for family members.
Depression can lead to suicide. Suicidal ideation is more common in women, but suicide completion is more common in men.
In Canada, Aboriginal suicide rates are 3-6 times the national average.
Early onset major depressive disorder may reduce the educational attainment and earning potential of women compared to men.
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