Everyone feels sad here and there, but for many people who experience depression those
feelings can linger for years. Depression is a social disorder characterized by a depressed mood
or a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, consistently for a 2 week period. “Depression
is an under umbrella mood disorder that can cause people to feel hopeless, not have enough
energy to get up and do things, it can affect people ability to live a day to day life , ranges from
mild- severe or manic depression,” according to Valerie Labanca MFT. A 2003 National
Institutes of Health study estimates that more than 16 percent of Americans, as many as 35
million, suffer from depression severe enough to warrant treatment.1
for depression including, psychotherapy, medication, electroconvulsive therapy, and Transcranial
Depression has emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms. The emotional symptoms
of depression include depressed mood on a daily basis, low self esteem, markedly diminished
interest or pleasure in daily activities, insomnia , hypersomnia , anxiety, irritability, aggression,
feeling worthless, excessive guilt, suicidal ideation, and recurring thoughts of death. The
behavioral symptoms of depression are suicide attempts, self harm, antisocial behaviors such as
not going out, staying in the house, and not maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. The physical
symptoms are significant loss of weight when not dieting, weight gain, fatigue, aches and pains,
headaches. Just feeling sad does not mean a person depressed. A diagnosis of depression has
to be made by a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists will go through multiple questionnaires with patients...
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...er, which has not yet found a
100% cure. Approximately 80% of people experiencing depression symptoms are not currently
receiving any treatment.6
people are not seeking treatment. Experts still believe antidepressants and therapy are the best
option for overcome their depression.
“Depression: Out of the Shadows”,PBS, May 21, 2008.
Shah N, Eisner T, Farrell M, Raeder C. An overview of SSRIs for the treatment of depression [PDF]; 1999 July/
August [cited 2008-11-10]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_depressive_disorder
“Depression: Out of the Shadows”,PBS, May 21, 2008. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/depression/pdf/