Depression : A Common Mental Disorder

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Depression. What is it? How are people with depression treated by others? Depression is defined as a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, unimportant, and often is unable to live in a normal way. (Depression. 6) Think about anytime you or someone you know who has ever felt really sad or just down in the dumps. But in most instances, you or this person usually cheer up right? Many people suffer from different kinds of depression, most seeking help. When it comes to how someone with depression is treated, just like any disability or disorder, it varies person to person. “Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Depression affects all…show more content…
These are only a couple of the most widely recognized manifestations of depression. Three main types of depressive disorders—major depression, persistent depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder—can occur with any of the anxiety disorders. “Major depression involves at least five of these symptoms for a two-week period. Such an episode is disabling and will interfere with the ability to work, study, eat, and sleep. Major depressive episodes may occur once or twice in a lifetime, or they may re-occur frequently. They may also take place spontaneously, during or after the death of a loved one, a romantic breakup, a medical illness, or other life event. Some people with major depression may feel that life is not worth living and some will attempt to end their lives.” (Depression | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA 6) “Persistent depressive disorder, or PDD, (formerly called dysthymia) is a form of depression that usually continues for at least two years. Although it is less severe than major depression, It involves the same symptoms as major depression, mainly low energy, poor appetite or overeating, and insomnia or oversleeping. It can manifest as stress, irritability, and mild anhedonia, which is the inability to derive pleasure from most activities. People with PDD
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