Approximately eighteen point million American adults or about nine point five percent of the U.S population age eighteen and older has depression. To break this down a bit more, twelve point four million woman and six point four men in the U.S are affected by depression. Depression is a very broad illness that many people are dealing with today. There are many different types and ways of dealing with depression, and helping others through it. When depressed, people lose all interest in group activities, and stay at home and mope around (Do, Jan 19th, 2011).when living with, or even being best friends with someone who is depressed it can be hard to handle and at times overwhelming.
College brings many changes to a young adolescent. Moving away from parents and being on your own is the biggest and sometimes scariest step. This change for college students can sometimes be very dramatic and can often lead to depression. A column written by Michael Kerr (2012) reported that one out of every four-college student suffers from some sort of mental illness, depression being the most common. It also stated that 44 percent of American college students report having symptoms of depression.
Examples of these symptoms include snoring, excessive yawning, and feeling unrefreshed when waking in the morning. The Centers for Sleep Control and Prevention say that, increasing over the last 20 years, about 30% of adults get six hours or less of sleep every night (Harris). Adults need at least 8 full hours of uninterrupted sleep to function properly during the day as explained by the CDC. Getting less than this recommended amount of sleep can leave many adults sluggish throughout the day. Harris cites the large amount of people not getting enough sleep in hopes to raise awareness of this rising problem.
According to NAMI, one-half of all mental illness starts at the age of fourteen and increases to three-quarters by the age of twenty-four. Those that experience self-stigma have a lack of positive self-esteem and tend to blame themselves for they way they are feeling or behaving. The guilt leads to feelings of shame and a reluctance to seek or accept help, which is why suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth ages ten to twenty-four and of those suicides, 90 percent of those who had died had an underlying mental illness (NAMI,
What critics did not realize was how this disorders almost fully impaired people who suffered with it for nearly four months out of the year on a continual basis (Palmer). This is not acceptable because this kind of impairment is what can lead people to suicide. “Nearly 25 percent of people who live in the northern latitude suffer from at least some symptoms of SAD” (... ... middle of paper ... ... Howland, Robert H. "Somatic Therapies for Seasonal Affective Disorder." Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services 47.1 (2009): 17-20. Print.
Depression can be developed from a numerous amount of reasons. Some reasons include having the overwhelming feeling of getting older, rejection from society, abuse, having an illness, and even incidents that happen at home. Teen depression is no laughing matter. In fact, according to the US Surgeon General’s report, 3.5 million teens suffer from it, today. 2.5 million of them, are under the age of 18.
Adolescent depression is a serious mood disorder that can suck happiness out of a person’s life. It can be normal for a teen to experience unhappiness every once in a while, but depression is a more intense case of this. With all the pressure put on today’s adolescence, more and more teens have been suffering from this mind disease. It’s Kind Of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is a clever fictional story from the perspective of a fifteen year old boy named Craig who has depression. Throughout a week spent at an adult psych unit he learns that his will to live might be stronger than he thought.
Depression among children is very common in the recent years , according to the National Comorbidity Survey examination in 2010, the depressive disorder in children affected approximately 11.2 % of 13 to 18 year olds in the United States. To understand any disease, it is important to pay attention to its symptoms, causes, as well as the available treatment methods that help individuals recovering. Before considering the symptoms that related to childhood depression, we have to look at the different types of this disorder. Children may suffer from three different forms of depression include major depressive disorder (MDD), dysthymic disorder (DD), and bipolar disorder (BD). The major depressive disorder occur when the child experience multiple symptoms that persist daily for more than two weeks.
When Abraham Lincoln’s first love Ann Rutledge died, he fell into a deep depression and suffered from chronic depression his entire life. Most researchers say that his depression led to his greatness (Random Facts). At some point in their lives, one out of every four Americans have or will experience depression. Depression is more common than it seems. Although depression is one of the mental illnesses that are not as easily seen, there are many ways to notice depression.
“Depression - noun - severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.” (Google) Depression is when a person is in a state of being extremely unhappy and feels lonely and unimportant. In America, every year over 19 million are diagnosed with depression and every one in seven people will experience depr... ... middle of paper ... ...h sleep, doing something new, and trying to have fun. No one can fully inhibit depression or suicide, but this can help exponentially in deterring negative thoughts. Depression is an austere subject that can only be resolved if the impacted individual wishes it to be. Forcing a resolution on someone will never help, and it can often hurt said person.