IF YOUR MUM HAS de­pres­sion

YOUR RISK … is two to three times higher

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

Al­most one in two Aussies will de­velop a men­tal health prob­lem at some stage in their life. On av­er­age around one in six women and one in eight men will ex­pe­ri­ence some level of de­pres­sion.

GE­NET­ICS DNA plays an im­por­tant role in some men­tal ill­nesses, such as schizophre­nia and bipo­lar dis­or­der. The risk of de­vel­op­ing a men­tal ill­ness in­creases with the num­ber of af­fected rel­a­tives in your wider fam­ily.

IF IT RUNS IN THE FAM­ILY Hav­ing a par­ent or close rel­a­tive with de­pres­sion or an­other men­tal ill­ness doesn’t mean you’ll have the same ex­pe­ri­ence. Life cir­cum­stances and other per­sonal fac­tors still have a cru­cial infl uence.

If you have a par­ent or a sib­ling with ma­jor de­pres­sion, your risk of de­vel­op­ing it is about two to three times greater than av­er­age. If that fam­ily mem­ber de­vel­oped de­pres­sion in their teens or 20s, and has had de­pres­sion more than once, then your risk is four to five times greater.

If you think you’re suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion, visit your GP or seek lo­cal sup­port via be­yond­blue.org.au

Re­duc your ris b …

Lim­it­ing your con­sump­tion of fast food and pro­cessed snacks Peo­ple who eat a diet high in junk foods are more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health is­sues such as anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. Foods high in sat­u­rated fats or re­fined car­bo­hy­drates (or both) neg­a­tively im­pact our brain and im­mune sys­tems. How­ever, a diet full of ve­g­ies, fruit, fish, whole grains, olive oil and lean meat re­duces de­pres­sive symp­toms.

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