Essay on Depression

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The complex topic of depression can be looked at from various perspectives. Two such perspectives are the biological view and the psychological view. The main focus of this paper will be from the biological side.

The symptoms of mental illness creep over you like a cold damp fog. The number of people at probable risk of depression is climbing, up from 5.2 percent in 1994/95 to 7.1 percent in 2000/01 (Hawaleshka, 38). One particular subject, Sarah Hamid started feeling the symptoms of depression at age 18. Sarah got to the point where she was sleeping 12-16 hours a day and crying uncontrollably. "It got to the point where I was driving home one day and I really wanted to drive the car over the yellow line into oncoming
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It is thought that because of the lack of chemicals, too few messages get transmitted between neurons and depressive symptoms occur (Nestler, 1).

New technology allows researchers to take pictures of the brain that show activity levels in the brain. These imagining techniques, such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (f-MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), scan the brain. The scans create images which show the amount of activity in different parts of the brain. Some studies with these kinds of techniques have suggested that the patterns of activation in the brains of depressed people are different than those who are not. These tests can help doctors and researchers lean more about depression and other mental illnesses (Nestler, 2).

Failure to recognize and treat depressive disorder leaves the patient to suffer and to become a costly user of health care services. Depression that is not treated significantly increases the risk of mortality. Depressive disorders can also be linked to patients with Parkinson's disease, Dementia, or Alzheimer's disease. Treatment of the depressive disorder may enable the patient to achieve better functioning in activities, daily living; possibly to a degree that placement in a nursing facility may be delayed or avoided (McCahill, 1).

Sarah Hamid got lucky in her case, because she knew she needed assistance with depression and seeked help for it. Her doctor
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