After retiring from NASA, Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, fell into a deep depression and ended up working as a used car salesman.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked with many health disorders, including depression. In a survey of almost 8,000 US residents, it was found that those with lower vitamin D levels “are at a significantly higher risk of showing depression”.
PhD students display twice as many symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression than other people.
1972 democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton was forced to drop out of the race after he was humiliated by the “revelation” that he had been treated for chronic depression.
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.