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Do people who suffer clinical depression die younger, generally?
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Dr. Max Haque
Psychiatry
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In brief: Depends
Approx. 50% of those people who suffer clinical depression if left untreated will have additional episodes.
These result from a "learned helplessness"__ repeated life experiences leading one to negative beliefs that one can do little to improve his or her state of suffering in life. This in turn can lead to earlier mortality from physical illnesses. Proper treatment can definitely prolong life.

In brief: Depends
Approx. 50% of those people who suffer clinical depression if left untreated will have additional episodes.
These result from a "learned helplessness"__ repeated life experiences leading one to negative beliefs that one can do little to improve his or her state of suffering in life. This in turn can lead to earlier mortality from physical illnesses. Proper treatment can definitely prolong life.
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