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Suicides on the rise: In laughter is the solution

Suicides on the rise: In laughter is the solution

With this message, Doug Leddin appealed to those who suffer from the same illness. Its objective was to make society aware that this disease can be as serious as any other. In fact, an international team of scientists has proven that this is not only a mental illness, but that it entails significant alterations in oxidative stress, which is why it should be considered a systemic disease, that is, it affects the entire body. The report concluded with an association between this mental illness and others such as cancer or heart diseases.

However, depression can also lead to death. Suicide is one of the top three causes of death worldwide, with one death every 40 seconds. According to the World Health Organization, the numbers of suicides or attempts to end one's life have increased by 60% in recent years. The main cause of this is found in the lack of suicide prevention due to the lack of awareness about the importance of this problem and the taboo that surrounds it and prevents it from being discussed openly.

However, the best way to end this evil is through laughter. The first symptoms that indicate its importance in overcoming depression appear with the activation of the cardiovascular system in a similar way to that produced by physical activity. In addition, other studies point to the important role of endorphins for the process. However, the solution to depression can be found in a scientific study in which, through the analysis of the laughter of 50 people, depression symptoms have been diagnosed with an accuracy greater than 80%. According to one of the authors of the work, Rafael Lahoz-Beltra, "Laughter is a fingerprint of each person, but with the peculiarity that, unlike fingerprint, it is a changing, dynamic fingerprint." Although the study does not mean the definitive solution against depression, it does represent a great advance in this field, since it can lead to a better diagnosis and faster treatment in those who suffer from this suffering.

“Now I am 27 years old and I am in a much better moment of my life. I've spent years in and out of doctors, and many other places that have helped me since I was 16 years old. I had something inside me that I had always wanted to get rid of. I'm referring to depression, something we need to talk about more. For a long time people have suffered in silence and although it is true that it is difficult to talk about it, when it is done, despite not fixing everything, it is of great help. "

A problem that, as Doug Leddin explains, is usually suffered in silence. “I guess I do this to encourage others to talk about this problem, with their family, friends or organizations. If someone needs help there are many people who are there willing to help. Just remember that you are not alone! "

By Hugo Muñoz Arévalo
Center for Solidarity Collaborations


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