A Brief Note On Depression And The Depression

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Robyn Lawhorn
July 11, 2015
Psychology 100
Mrs. Fischer
Hours Worked: 22 Major depression, also known as unipolar depression, is one of the most common mental illnesses. Over nine million adults each year suffer from depression. Many people don’t understand what depression really is, including myself until I did a lot of research over this subject. Major depression is more than a temporary state of being sad. It is a persistent state that can significantly impair an individual’s thoughts, behavior, daily activities, and physical health. According to The Stanford School of Medicine, they said that “major depressive disorder impacts all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and can occur at any age.” (Depression Research Clinic) Depression is a common, but serious illness that can occur in people of all ages; teenagers, adults, and older adults. Depression is a condition that reportedly affects one in every ten Americans at some point in their lives. The incidence of depression is actually higher in some states than others. Certain ethnicities also report higher depression rates than others. According to Healthline, “the number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20% each year.” (Healthline) In the United States, Oklahoma, Arizona, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama have the highest reported rates of depression. These states also show high rates of other negative health outcomes such as obesity, heart disease,

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