I mostly learned about this disorder through my friends who experienced depression and from what I had learned in health class. My experiences were limited because I came from a very small high school, but it was when I went to college when I saw more people suffering from depression. I quickly learned that my friends relied on medication to help with their depressive symptoms and that most of them also had other co-morbid symptoms like anxiety issues and eating disorders. What I didn't learn about depression from my friend's experiences, I learned through other psychology classes that I had taken. Within the classes, depression was not the focus, but was briefly touched on. I learned more about the cognitive aspect of how depres...
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...class, along with the new information from May’s first person experience I believe now that I have a clearer understanding of what depression, as a mental illness. Depression is a mental disorder that can be characterized through continuous or episodic feelings of sadness or hopelessness, loss of interest in things once liked, (such as sexual drive in the first-person experience of J.B. Mays), and possible suicidal thoughts or self-harm. Depression is often a co-morbid disease, meaning that there are other possible psychological disorders effecting the individual. In May’s case, he suffered symptoms from a few other disorders such as anxiety, paranoia, neuroticism, and obsessive compulsive thoughts, especially while in therapy. Depression can be treated with therapy, most effectively cognitive therapy, and medication that aides in serotonin and dopamine regulation.
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