... soon be the next largest killer following heart disease by the year 2020 and studies confirm depression is a contributing factor to deadly coronary illness. Depression is one of the most advanced problems and killers of our time.
Depression: what is it? Is it really something you can control? How much does it really affect someone? Why do people suffer from depression? Several of these questions are brought to the attention of various professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and physicians, but not enough people seek the truth. Depression is commonly viewed as a bad day; people either believe they have control, or they can just snap out of it. However, depression is more than a bad day. It could be caused by a chemical imbalance, genetics, family history, or trauma. All of these may cause symptoms; yet, there are successful treatments available such as medications and/or psychotherapy.
The World Health Organization estimates that there are over 350 million people in world who struggle with depression. It is also the leading cause of disability worldwide. Similar to anxiety, depression effects people of all races, ages, and genders however it has been shown that women are more likely to be effected than men. Depression is growing problem. Specifically in America, approximately 17% of adults will suffer through a season of depression at some time in their lives. This rate has been increasing since 1915 and the trend shows that it will continue to do
This paper will focus on depressive disorders, and it will describe what they are, how they manifest themselves, what causes them and/or what makes certain individuals susceptible to the disorder as compared to others. This piece will also describe the most common treatment practices, and the effectiveness of these treatments. It will conclude by offering some testimonials from individuals who suffer from depressive disorders as well as some additional commentary about depressive disorders and their implications/challenges.
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Gary Greenberg is himself a psychologist who practices in Connecticut and has dealt with depression many times over his lifetime. In his book he gives some very chilling facts about depression and its impact on our society. He states that in recent years the numbers of diagnoses of depression and prescriptions for antidepressants have sky rocked to the point where there has become an epidemic of depression (Greenberg 2011). Depression is so prevalent nowadays that it is being called “the common cold of mental illness” and is “the leading cause of disability” (Greenberg 2011:10)
A lot of depressed people in both the United States and in Canada do not report their depression, many go without seeing a doctor and without taking anti-depressants. In America, 39% of people report their depression and get treatment (Pratt, Brody, 2008). Whereas, in Canada, 25% of people report their depression and get treatment (Caporino, Karver, 2012). Although, the percentage are very high, “females are approximately twice as likely as males to suffer from major depression” (Caporino, Karver, 2012, page 1237).
Depression remains one of the most significant mental health problems throughout the life span as reflected in its high prevalen...
Depression is a serious disease that is characterized by feeling of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, and worthlessness. Typical symptoms of depression include loss of pleasure in everyday activities, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, weight loss or weight gain, and persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2011). Unfortunately, depression is a common problem in today’s world. In recent years, depression has been termed a major public health concern in the United States. This is partially due to the lack of recognition and treatment of depression in many people. An additional problem is that despite treatment, many people relapse and sink back into their depression. Depression is the leading cause of disability for both men and women (World Health Organization [WHO], 2012). According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disease burden for women (WHO, 2012). While depression is a serious disease, it is treatable.
In today’s society, we are faced with or placed in many unpredictable and stressful situations. However, many of us manage to properly analyze the situations and maintain our sanity, experiencing only a mild form of depression, if any. Others may encounter similar situations and become mentally depressed. Some reasons for being depressed are normal, such as, a death of a family member, parents divorce, or loss of job; but, depending on how long you are depressed, as a result of these misfortunate situations, can determine weather or not you are emotionally depressed. Depression is the most common psychological disorder that affects both the young and old, rich and poor, or even successful and unsuccessful people. Although depression occurs most often in individual who have little education, the truth is, we all are targets.
Depression is a growing epidemic in society, with ten times more people suffering from major depression today than in 1945. Depression effects everyone, not only those who struggle with it themselves; it leaves lasting economic and social impacts, and is especially prevalent in the western world. There are many different types of depression and, as with all mental illnesses, no two cases are ever exactly the same. In most instances, depression is caused by a mixture of biological, genetic, and psychological elements.
Depression is defined as "a state of despondency marked by feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness" (Coon, 2001). Some people can mix up depression with just having the blues because of a couple of bad days or even weeks. It is already said that depression affects about one sixth of the population or more (Doris, Ebmeier, Shajahan, 1999). Depression can happen in any age range from birth to death. The cause of depression is still obscure and becoming clear that a number of diverse factors are likely to be implicated, both genetic and environmental. Some causes are leading stressful lives, genetic factors, a previous depressive episode, and the personality trait neuroticism (Doris, et al., 1999).
Depression is a serious mental health illness which affects an individuals’ mind, body and mood. It is a chronic and lifelong health condition (NICE, 2006) thought to be caused by a number of biological factors including neurotransmitter disturbances in the brain and an element of genetic vulnerability; these are often in addition to psychosocial factors such as the occurrence of undesirable life events, limited social network options, poor self esteem and the occurrence of any adverse life events during a persons’ lifetime (Bernstein, 2006). Depression can have an impact on a persons’ ability to do many things including working, engaging with others, participating fully in family life or maintaining relationships, and it can also impact on a person...
Major Depressive Disorder or MDD is a very common clinical condition that affects millions of people every year. According to the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research, “ depression is under diagnosed & untreated by most medical doctors, despite the fact that it can almost always be treated successfully.