Depression is a mental disorder that affects a lot of humans on our earth. Many different life events can trigger depression including trauma, drama, hardships, abuse or any other substance issue in the body. Depression is also common between young adults in their 20s where an increase of stress levels is noticed.
However, a new study was conducted targeting depression which shows that there might be more to it than we know. The study conducted by a team of psychologists from the University of Sussex, led by a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex, Dr Darya Gaysina, were able to identify a connection between depression in the 20s and memory loss in the 50s.
According to the study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, there is a connection between brain activities in three different decades of the human life. They studied the changes in 18,000 babies, regarding their brain activities in three states of their life, being babies, growing to their 20s and lastly to their 50s. The results showed a connection in decrease of the memory function due to previous events in life including depression.
Dr. Darya Commented on the results saying, “We found that the more episodes of depression people experience in their adulthood, the higher risk of cognitive impairment they have later in life. This finding highlights the importance of effective management of depression to prevent the development of recurrent mental health problems with long-term negative outcomes.”