Depression : A Psychological Disorder

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Depression According to Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, depression is a mental disorder characterized by feelings of worthlessness, guilt, sadness, helplessness, and hopelessness. Some of the symptoms that are accompanied by depression include lack of appetite, excessive hunger, weight gain, weight loss, and lack of concentration. If depression is present in someone, they can also experience anxiety. Several medical diagnosis’s can characterize depression such as HIV, Aids, Diabetes, and Eating Disorders. Depression is a serious illness that is often not taken serious enough. Major Issue with Depression The major issue with depression is that it seems to be a silent mental disorder. Many go without medication and suffer from it because of the embarrassment of having it or from no one understanding what they are going through. Depression needs more awareness on how serious the disorder is. It can destroy someone’s life if it is not treated properly. Emotions are a part of everyday life. Someone may go from being happy to mad within the hour. When this happens it is called a mood. When moods are extreme though, that is when depression is showing. Depression can also be caused by extreme stress that is in someone’s life. By some estimates, women are twice as likely to become depressed as men: boys and girls have the same level of risk until age 12, after which the risk for girls doubles through adolescence and remains consistently higher until after menopause
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