Depression : The Common Cold Of Mental Disorders Essay

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Depression is not just a state of being sad and is not something that will go away after a nights rest. Depression can be defined as “a condition of mental disturbance characterized by such feelings to a greater degree than seems warranted by external conditions, typically with lack of energy and difficulty maintaining concentration or interest in life”. (New Oxford American Dictionary) Depression can be found in more than just the mind, it hides within one’s body, leaving the beholder immobile. Depression does not discriminate, it can affect anyone of any age, background, class, race, or religion. It affects over fifteen million adults in the United States alone. Depression is basically the common cold of mental disorders. Anyone can get it and it is extremely common. The reason why I chose this particular topic is because I suffer from clinical depression as well as anxiety. Sadly, every single human being is prone to depression. Women are three times more likely to become depressed than men, but men are five times more likely to commit suicide when depressed than women. (Fast Stats)Why is that? Is it because women have a less pleasing social role and their hormones make them more vulnerable to depression? Are men more likely to commit suicide than women because they are more subject to keep their emotions bottled up inside of them because of their role in society?
Depression is a mental illness that not only affects the way one may think, but also both the way they

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