Depression : A Growing Disorder

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Depression: A Growing Disorder in Today’s Society Ellen Loftus Mitchel Metzger Ashland University Depression: A Growing Disorder in Today’s Society A significant proportion of the population experiences a clinically significant depression that interferes with the conduct of their lives, and the rate of occurrence of depression is increasing rapidly states Fombonne (1994). Depression may be described as feeling unhappy, sad, alone, miserable, down in the dumps or even something as simple as feeling out of it. Most humans will feel this way at one time or another for short periods but clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for a longer…show more content…
Depression is said to involve much more than just being sad, it is a conquering disease that takes away the ability to feel emotion, good or bad. This is a disease that can be passed down through genes and heritability or can follow external events and can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain states Dumit (2003). Depression is known to be treated many different ways such as biological treatments, as well as, therapy and hypnosis. Depression not only involves the mind, it also involves the body and thoughts. Depression is real and may result in devastating acts if not treated properly. To this day the exact cause of depression is still unknown. Fortunately, there are several competing hypothesis’ made by many researchers trying to explain their reasoning for this awful disorder. It is believed that the cause could be anything from genetics to chemical imbalances in the brain and even environmental factors. Ultimately, most investigators believe that there is some sort or several chemical imbalances in the brain that are developing this major change in mood and lifestyle. There are many sorts of depression and because all are different it is impossible to create a unified hypothesis of depression. The selected theories chosen are based on studies investigating genes, neurotransmitters, and circadian rhythms. For instance, evidence indicates that a tendency to develop an affective
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