Heart rate could pre­dict de­pres­sion risk

Daily Messenger - - National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: New re­search has iden­ti­fied a link be­tween heart rate and de­pres­sion, which could help with the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of the men­tal health is­sue.

De­pres­sion is a mood dis­or­der that can have a de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fect on day to day life. It can cause phys­i­cal symp­toms, as well as feel­ings of sad­ness, anx­i­ety, ir­ri­tabil­ity, and lethargy and make it more dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate, sleep, and talk. De­pres­sion may also in­crease the risk of cer­tain health is­sues, such as heart disease.

If a per­son has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms of de­pres­sion ev­ery day for at least 2 weeks, they may be hav­ing a ma­jor de­pres­sive episode. In 2017, ap­prox­i­mately 7.1% of the adult United States pop­u­la­tion had at least one of these episodes.

De­pres­sion can be treated with med­i­ca­tion, talk­ing ther­a­pies, or both. In ei­ther case, treat­ment can take months to be ef­fec­tive. Also, in some peo­ple, de­pres­sion is re­sis­tant to treat­ment.

Ke­tamine’s ef­fec­tive­ness has opened the door to new re­search ex­plor­ing ways of de­tect­ing de­pres­sion. One such method in­volves study­ing heart rate. Pre­vi­ous re­search has sug­gested a link be­tween the vari­abil­ity of heart rate and de­pres­sion.

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