I don't know the answer to this other than an obvious observation: people who are depressed are not motivated to look after their health. Often the very thought of exercising, for example, becomes a challenge, let alone eating right. With declining health, no motivation to do anything much, chances are their lifespans would be reduced - i.e. if the depression continued and was never gotten over.
Depression is a very big topic. With recurrent depression the life span is reported to be shortened by seven to eleven years. But, the contributing factors are like Tom shared are also based on that they tend to have unhealthy lifestyles. Some of those are people with depression tend to smoke and not exercise. In other words they don't die of depression. People with depression have more instances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer which may lead to shortening life span.
Severe depression is a cause of suicide.It can also reduce life span by predisposing you to other conditions.If depression is severe it requires multiple medications to control it and these drugs have their own side effect profile.
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