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 period of time. Every human being is prone to depression and it can affect any gender or age, although, depression occurs approximately twice as frequently in women as in men states Pullen, Modrcin‐McCarthy, and Graf (2000). According to the American Psychiatric Association (2008), depressive disorders affects 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. This is including major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder. Although all age groups are open to depression, teenagers are the most common to be heard of being affected by this terrible disease (Carlson, 2011). This is mostly because of peer pressure and the changes in their life that are happening so rapidly.…
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