Male Health and Wellness Awareness Poster- Major Depression Depression, also known as major depression, is a severe constant mood state of being depressed and with the feeling of hopelessness over a long period of time. Other names for major depression include chronic depression and clinical depression. Things seem wrong, you hate your life, being happy seems distant, you’ve developed a hatred for the people around you and the thoughts of suicide keep popping into your head. Does this describe you? If it does, you may be suffering from clinical depression, a condition and not a sign of weakness.
Depression I chose this topic because I noticed something different about myself and I was always sad, so I wanted to learn about depression. Depression is being sad, blue, unhappy, and miserable or down in the dumps. Depression can be broken into two categories: Major and minor. There are many causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment for depression. There is not an actual cause for depression, but scientists have some assumptions on how depression is caused.
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. As I’ve previously stated, not every person shares identical symptoms when it comes to depression. Although it’s true that prolonged sadness is a symptom of depression, there are many components that make up this complicated mental disorder. Depression also involves physical symptoms such as changes in appetite and quality of sleep, emotional symptoms such as feelings of worthlessness and changes in behavior such as the loss of interest in our usual activities (Health Promotion Board par. 3).
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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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