Depression Essay

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Depression “Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer” -Dorothy Rowe Depression is very common around the world today; millions of people are diagnosed with depression every year in America. There are many effects of this disease, some more serious than others. Depression can be linked to many different events that happen to a person to make them moderately to severely depressed. This disease can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal depending on how bad it is. However, some people think that depressed and suicidal people never show signs of their intention when, in general, they give off MANY signs that people tend to notice after the death. Nonsevere cases can get worse, by the possibility of alcohol and drugs. Depression can also be seen easily. Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the famous 90’s band Nirvana, for example, committed suicide. His journals and quotes were read into and his intention was clear. Drugs, bipolar disease, his father leaving, stomach disease and a lack of a home made depression worse for the young singer. He had multiple suicide attempts that were put off as “publicity stunts,” which were obvious warning signs that were not taken seriously. All of that lead up to the death of a smart and very talented person, and he is only one of many depressed people that have committed suicide. “Depression - noun - severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.” (Google) Depression is when a person is in a state of being extremely unhappy and feels lonely and unimportant. In America, every year over 19 million are diagnosed with depression and every one in seven people will experience depr... ... middle of paper ... ...h sleep, doing something new, and trying to have fun. No one can fully inhibit depression or suicide, but this can help exponentially in deterring negative thoughts. Depression is an austere subject that can only be resolved if the impacted individual wishes it to be. Forcing a resolution on someone will never help, and it can often hurt said person. About 70-80% of people who have or had depression recover from their symptoms, but 20-30% of those people relapse back into their depressed state. Relapse rates are terrifyingly high, with at least half of the people who have had an episode having another. And 80% of people who have had a second episode will have a third. Despite many ways of preventing depression, there is no real, surefire cure for it. It is as different as the people with it. You cannot choose to have depression, but you can choose to overcome it.
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