Depression: Facts vs. False

1172 Words Feb 26th, 2018 5 Pages
Classified as an illness, it affects men and women, young and old, black and white, both mentally and physically. Many believe that depression is simply a creative choice one’s mind, but mental and physical depression is a true debilitating condition.
By dictionary definition, depression is a severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy. In terms of science, depression is explained as a chemical unbalance of one’s brain. This unbalance is caused by monoamines (mood-related chemicals) being low in the brain. Until recently, depression was almost unexplained in the terms of science: and even with the new knowledge of monoamines playing a key role in depression, this extreme mental epidemic is still not fully explained, nor understood, and continues to be questioned by sceptics who believe the mental illness is nothing but a game of the brain.
Depression is doubted due to the overwhelming number of misconceptions of the illness. People do not take the time to understand the disease, they just say it’s in one’s head and simply move on; but this global health issue is not just a choice, there is much backing up the cause. Depression is usually hereditary and tends to hit women more often than men. Clinical depression, also known as melancholia, is caused by fears and despondencies of the brain. When…
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