Stuck: Young Adults Battling Depression

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Stuck: Young Adults Battling Depression

Another day sleeping awaywith the minutes slowly passing staring at the ceiling wondering how to escape the outside world.

“God I’m up,” said Dominik Zakrzewski, 20 of Queens, N.Y. “Sometimes I dreaded lifting my legs out of bed.” He used to prolong getting up and thought of things he could do to stay in solitude.

Zakrzewski, who was diagnosed at the age of 18, is one of many young adults who suffer from depression. Various studies over the years have shown that the number of adolescents and young adults who have depression is steadily rising.

Martin Seligman wrote in the book, Abnormal Psychology, that one out of six teenagers now suffer a serious episode of depression before graduating high school. This is a continuing trend in our society that is commonly overlooked.

According to the National Institution of Mental Health (NIMH), major depression is a widely underrecognized and undertreated illness. It is estimated by the National Ag Safety Database (NASD) that over six million people in the United States need professional help for depression.

Depression is divided into two categories: major and bipolar. Major depression is most common, which includes a decrease in normal interests, thought and emotion. Symptoms include feeling down, being pessimistic, having a lack of energy and less of a desire to eat and do the things once enjoyed.

Bipolar depression consists of episodes of mania. A person has four episodes in a lifetime, said Professor Harold Zamansky of Abnormal Psychology at Northeastern University. In between these episodes, they appear fine and go about their life like any average person.

Many people frequently misuse the term “depressed” when descri...

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...rch was that there was a continuing increase.

Zakrzewski was diagnosed in 2002 with depression and sought help. He saw a therapist and was prescribed antidepressants. For some time he relied on the medication but realized it was only temporary.

After continually attending therapy sections, he slowly began to get his life back.

“I’m okay now,” said Zakrzewski. “I have bad days, but not as bad as the used to be because I’m in control now.”

Many young adults do not reach the control Zakrzrewski has because it is a problem that is often ignored in our society yet is becoming so prevalent. This is an illness that never completely goes away, however, this struggle can be overcome with a little more help and recognition.

“It’s a never-ending battle,” said Zakrzewski. “Some give up and others develop immunity to it and move forward and cross the threshold.”

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