The Human Mind : Depression And Bipolar Disorder

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The human mind is a fascinating facet of the body that plays a crucial role in the expression of human thoughts and ideas, and they way people are perceived. The mind has absolute freedom to express itself, but often times mental disorders strike down and have the power to limit and drastically change the thinking and behavioral patterns of a victim. Mood disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder, have huge tolls on patients emotionally and physically, but can be cured much easier when not treated like mental disorders. Depression is characterized by a pervasive and persistent low mood that is accompanied by low self-esteem and a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Of the 3.3 million youths aged 12 to 17 in 2013 who received specialty mental health services, 50.2 percent of the reported reasons for receiving services was depression (2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health). Although often characterized as a mental disorder, many people believe that all of the conditions expressed through depression should be treatable by a simple change of environment or change in life style, and as a result, should not be considered as a medical condition that can be treated through medication, pills or hospitalization. So should depression be classified as a mental disorder? Depression is not a mental illness or a disorder that should be treated with medication. It is a condition that is brought upon on one self as a result of environment, relationships, habits and actions of a specific individual. Medications used to cure depression solely help the medical industry, and ultimately lead individuals to falsely believe that taking pills will help resolve their issues. Depression is a mental disorder where a... ... middle of paper ... of the benefit from antidepressants seems to be a placebo effect. About 82 percent of the response to antidepressants had also been achieved by a dummy pill (Begley, 73). Depression is a condition of the mind, but certainly not a disorder, illness or disability. Depression can lead to disability or other illnesses if not addressed in time and in the appropriate manner. Putting people with depression onto a course of medication may give false hopes and promises to the individuals that medicines can bring them peace of mind and happiness. There are various methods one can pursue to address depression. Those include strong willingness to change your lifestyle, commitment to build trusting relationships, meditation and improving eating habits. Depression is merely a product of the lives we choose to live and is brought upon our self due to social economic conditions.

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