In Japan doctors would prescribe “Forest therapy” to treat depression and anxiety. The scent of the trees increases activity of the natural killer cells that enhances your immune system which boosts resistance against stress.
The military under Richard Nixon was ordered not to react to any orders from the president due to his depression.
Abraham Lincoln suffered from a lifelong “melancholy,” a condition we now call clinical depression. His suffering was so severe, that his community had to put him under a “suicide watch.”
Hard partying may just be “masked depression,” a clinical condition in which all the “fun” is just a way to conceal overall unhappiness and lowered self-esteem.
Cytokines, proteins that cause inflammation and tell the body to go into “sickness mode” increase in number during depressive episodes. Researchers are beginning to investigate the link between depression and inflammation/allergic reactions in the body.
A city in Sweden uses light therapy in bus stops to combat depression during winter when 19 hours of the day are darkness.
Studies show that an increase in Facebook usage is heavily linked to decrease in satisfaction with your own life and higher likelihood of depression.
Doctors are now prescribing books to treat depression.
A US Army veteran, severely depressed after his wife filed divorce, both parents dead of cancer, his equipment stolen, income stopped, utilities cut off, house in foreclosure, stole a TANK from the armory, went on a rampage on the streets destroying cars, was finally shot and killed.
Lack of play for kids results in mental health problems. So all work and no play really does make Jack a dull boy.