Depression Research Paper

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Depression has long since been the plague of humanity. Whether it is a biochemical disorder or mourning the loss of a loved one, nearly every human being has experienced the blues. However, depression becomes a problem when it persists past the mourning stage. Many people experience it for seemingly no reason. It is that cold sense of apathy that lurks below the surface, siphoning your emotions and your ability to react to your surroundings. Nothing matters anymore when depression has you in its iron grasp. Eventually, you are reduced to staring listlessly at nothing while the world continues without you; a world that, in your opinion, would perhaps be better off if you did not exist. Such thoughts as those often occupy the mind of a …show more content…
In America, where Paul Robeson introduced an English version, some radio stations and nightclubs forbade its performance.” (Obituaries, 1968)

These are but a few examples among hundreds where depression took hold of cultural aspects such as literature, music, and art. Why were artists so fascinated with it? Some speculate that melancholia was “chic” because it was perceived as an “upper-class malady,” given the fact that notable people such as Abraham Lincoln, Sigmund Freud, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, and Virginia Woolf were afflicted. (Campbell, page 68)

However, depression can manifest in anyone; there are no restrictions of age, social class, or divine favour. Those with a family history of depression are more susceptible to it. Symptoms include: melancholy, irritability, weight changes, loss of interest, sleeping difficulties, appetite changes, difficulties concentrating, and unexplained aches and pains. (Depression Hurts, 2011) The American Psychiatric Association has established two basic types of depressive disorders: those that are endogenous, that are internally caused with no external provocation, and those that are reactive, which are responses to an emotionally-taxing situation. Endogenous cases are often long-lasting and severe, sometimes even resulting in the patient having a loss of contact with reality. Reactive cases are more often neurotic than

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