Depression Is The World's Most Common Mental Illness

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Depression is the world’s most common mental illness that has affected an estimated 16 million adults alone in the United States in the past year. Depression is an illness that affects and targets your mind, body and spirit. However, this condition can be short lived depending on the individual and circumstances. Studies have been proven more than 235,000 people which amounts to 9% has met the criteria for clinical depression, also 3% were diagnosed with major depression in the past year. This mental illness affects both genders and all age groups and all social classes. Although it is more likely to have a greater effect on women, racial and ethnic minorities, those without a high school education, those divorced or never married, …show more content…
When an individual is in a good emotional state they are able to think and be aware of their feelings and behavior toward themselves and others. They are also able to cope with stress and problems, which is inevitable in life. When an individual is depressed often times they endure a sense of sadness, feeling empty, hopeless or even numb. An individual’s suffering with depression have thoughts of suicide, overthink specific situations, have anxiety which makes it hard for them to relax, and irritable. Some of these individuals rely and resort to drugs and alcohol to cope with their feelings. Overall, they have a difficult time making decisions. Certain situations are not clear to them because they are not able to concentrate as a result of being overwhelmed or uninterested in the events. Those diagnosed with depression can possibly have thoughts of death and suicide. They conclude by harming themselves, they can escape this horrid feeling. Often time’s individuals will look to drugs and alcohol to relieve themselves from the negative thoughts. They would consume large amounts of drugs and alcohol, which causes them to have unstable emotional wellbeing. Depression is all about emotions and has a negative affect toward it. An individual suffering with depression are emotionally damaged. It is important that if you are depressed, you shouldn’t cope with it but get help. Countless
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