When asked to imagine a depressed individual, many would probably imagine a person with a sad expression, contemplating suicide. Depression is far more complicated than it appears to be. Just like many other mental disorders, there are a conglomeration of symptoms, and not every person shares the same symptoms as their counterpart does. This causes difficulty in categorizing someone as depressive. Merriam-Webster characterizes depression as “a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way.” There are a multitude of misconceptions about depression such as that it’s about feeling sad, it’s temporary, and that it cannot be treated.
Depression: Depression is a mood disorder that causes a constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can affect how you feel, think, and behave. When suffering from depression normal day-to-day activities become troubling, and you feel as if life isn’t worth living. Depression is similar to sadness, but it is in no way comparable. It is normal to feel sad from time to time, and everyone will experience sadness at some point in their life.
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Lastly, substance abuse affects an individual’s mood, personal life, and health causing vulnerability to developing depression. Research has shown that there are negative personality traits that can cause an individual to be prone to becoming depressed. An individual’s negative personality traits can lead them to be perceived more negatively by others, which leads them to feel hurt and rejected (Whitbourne, 2013, para. 9). This is simply because no one likes to be around someone who is consistently negative since they bring negativity into the environment which also brings down other people’s mood.
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