5 Facts About Depression You Should Definitely Know

Posted Jan 23, by Alison Stanton


Teenagers who spend much of their time listening to music are more likely to be depressed!

A study from the Pittsburgh School of Medicine compared the depression statistics of teenagers with the amount of time the spend consuming various forms of media. As it turns out, those teenagers who spent the majority of their time listening to music were 8.3 times as likely to be depressed than students who didn’t spend most of their time listening to music.

On the flip side, (and this certain to cause many of our teenage readers to roll their eyes) the adolescents who read books the most were only 1/10 as likely to be depressed. Of course, this limited study can’t make any claims one way or another as to how music and books are related to depression. Maybe excessive music-listening causes depression, or maybe music is just a good coping mechanism for teens who are already depressed. Maybe books lift people’s spirits, or maybe the fact that depressed people have difficulty concentrating on books is a more relevant consideration.

You should make sure to read about the study yourself, and then you can decide.

People who work in nursing homes, provide childcare, or are in food service have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers.

11% of people who work in either nursing homes or childcare report having gone through an episode of major depression. 10% of all people in the food services industry (and 15% of women food services) also report episodes of major depression. Compare that to the average of 7% for full-time workers. The lowest rates of depression are for engineers, architects and surveyors, 4.3%. Still, whatever your job is, it’s better than the alternative: 13% of the unemployed have depression.

You can read more about depression in the workplace in this article or you can check out the list of the 10 most depressing jobs!

PCT is a feeling of melancholy after having sexual intercourse. PCT is more common in men than it is in women. Many sufferers of PCT also feel strong anxiety for five minutes to two hours after sex. The term itself comes from the Latin post-coital and the French tristesse literally meaning sadness after sex. It is also known as depression after sex. 

The reason for the sadness is thought to be due to the loss of semen and the exhaustion the body faces after intercourse. Instead of feeling a relief, the body feels weakness and exhaustion. The Latin proverb “omne animal post coital triste” goes along with PCT and means “all animals are sad after sex.” 

Aristotle and many other writers and poets have written of post-coital tristesse in their work. The hormone prolactin, used in making breastmilk, is also found in men and shoots sky high right after an orgasm. It skyrockets 400% more during sex than during masturbation, leading scientists to believe that intercourse is much more satisfying than masturbation. 

The prolactin plateaus and you feel a lull in your emotions. It can also be an issue faced if one has sex with someone they don’t really care about, because of the intimate connection sex brings. 


A VSL study observed the seemingly non-random link between country music and metropolitan suicide rates and the results were stunning. The experiment explains that country music nurtures a suicidal mood through its subject matter, which was most often recorded as depressing matters such as marital discord, alcoholism, and alienation from work. 

After studying 49 different cities, they were able to prove a direct link from devoting airtime solely to country music and a greater white suicide rate. The study attempted to exclude independent variables such as divorce, southernness, poverty, and even gun availability, and still the study was able to explain a 51% variance in urban white suicide rates! 


It is unclear whether sexual activity makes us healthier or if healthier people have more sexual activity. None the less, research is showing that sex has great health benefits, when in the context of healthy, monogamous relationships.

Sex can ease depression and stress. Orgasms can be a great pain reliever, because they release oxytocin into the body. It can boost cardio health and fight aging. Remember, though, this does not count in risky sexual behavior, but in monogamous and stable relationships.

A surprising stat found was that women who perform oral sex, and swallow, are at lower risk of developing preeclampsia. Not just that, researchers also found that it can help lower blood pressure. 


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