Depression: Real or Imaginary?

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As we have seen in some of the literary works we have studied, such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Dead Poet Society, depression is a common problem in our society. Many of us have known someone who has suffered from depression. Depression is a condition that affects everyone – not just the person diagnosed with it. It is imperative that depression be recognized and treated at an early stage, before it becomes an endangering factor in a person’s life.

Depression is defined as extreme sorrow lasting at least two weeks. There are many symptoms of depression, as well as varying degrees in the magnitude of these symptoms. There are also different types of depression to consider as well. The two most common forms are called Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Clinical Depression, both of which can be moderate to severe in seriousness. These types do not generally last a great deal of time, mostly because people seek help quickly in these cases. There is also a form of depression called Dysthymia. It is similar to MDD, however, it is less severe and generally lasts longer. A person diagnosed with Dysthymia must usually suffered symptoms lasting one or two years before they are formally diagnosed with Dysthymia (Types). If, along with depression, one experiences mania, or excessive excitement and enthusiasm, they may be diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder.

Unfortunately, depression is often brushed aside. There are those who view depression as simply a cry for attention. Others do not see its seriousness and believe those with depression will eventually get over it on their own. If it is a “mental disease”, it should be able to be cured simply by happier thoughts, and no medication should be needed. The cure for depression, u...

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