Depression : The Fastest Growing Psychological Disorder

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Depression is one of the fastest growing psychological disorder. It affects a major part of the world population. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), depression is defined as a condition in which a person feels discouraged, hopeless, unmotivated or disinterested in life in general. There are two types of depression namely Major Depression and PDD (Persistent depressive disorder) (America). A major depressive episode involves an interference with the ability to work, play, eat or sleep. Also, a major depressive episode will have five symptoms namely persistent anxiety or sadness, feelings of guilt or helplessness, loss of appetite and thoughts of death and suicide etc. Some of the causes may be the death of a loved one, a romantic breakup and a medical illness etc. On the other hand, PDD is less severe than major depression but involves a lot of the same symptoms such as low energy, poor appetite, and overeating etc. According to the ADAA, the difference between major depression and PDD is that a person with major depression sees life as worthless and may try to end it. Whereas, a person suffering from PDD will see life as a half empty. According to the DBSA, roughly 14.8 million American adults are affected by major depressive disorder (Alliance). Some more statistics include the median age of onset is 32 and that it is prevalent more in women compared to men. The purpose of my research proposal is it successfully try to instill the idea in…
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