Depression : The Common Misconception Of Depression

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Jillian Selanis May 27, 2013 Psych C Block Depression Nowadays Depression is a term that is often misused in society, the common misconception of depression is being sad for one or two days, but depression is much more severe than being sad or upset for a short period of time. Merriam- Webster Dictionary defines depression as “ A serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and is often unable to live in a normal way.” Depression is usually a long period of sadness where an individual lacks motivation to do even the simplest tasks such as getting out of bed, taking a shower, and many more everyday activities. Depression is a fairly common mental illness and it is said that everyone will most likely experience some form of depression at least once in their lifetime. Depression however is usually very treatable. As depression is very common in the population there are a plethora of different causes of this illness. Depression is the result of chemical imbalances in the brain, which can be caused in many different ways. Three of the major causes of depression are personality, family history, and serious medical illness. Certain people have personalities that make them more at risk for depression. Those who have low self esteem, worry a lot, are perfectionists, and are sensitive to criticism are at a higher risk. Family history can cause depression if depression runs in an individuals family increasing their risk of encountering

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