Depression: a Sociological and Psychological Perspective

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The expression “I feel depressed” is used normally as a throwaway comment when we are feeling sad or miserable. Normally these feeling will pass us by, and we then continue with our everyday life without another thought. But what if these feeling didn’t disappear over time? What happens when these start to interfere with our everyday life? What if the enviorment around us is the major cause of depression? It’s not really hard to believe when you think about it as we are faced with mass unemployment, and a recession which can put heavy strain on even the most balanced of individuals and their interpersonal relationships around them. There are many interpersonal instances that can have the ability to lead to the onset of depression, such …show more content…
Unfortunately the people who managed to escape being burnt or drowned were never seen as they were thrown in asylums and hidden away from the public. Throughout the 14th, 15th and the very early parts of the 16th century this behaviour continued.
By early parts of the 1620s, Robert Burton (1577-1640) who was an English scholar from Oxford published his first works entitled The Anatomy of Melancholy. His book looked at the more sociological side of depression by looking at the social issues that can cause depression. The issues he highlighted were issues that are still around today such as poverty to name one. Like Hippocrates before him, he believed that a good healthy diet, regular exercise, hobbies, and travel was maybe a solution to the cause of depression. As a lifelong sufferer of depression, his works were personal and straight to the point.
Once again things took for the worse during the Age of Enlightenment (18th and early 19th century) the thought process for depression was that of inheritance. Once again people with mental illness were rejected from society, which lead to them becoming poor and homeless and in some cases being institutionalised. It wasn’t until the later part of the Age of Enlightenment that doctors sought out to explain the causes of depression, which some doctors thought it was aggression that was at the core of it. The treatment suggested was a good diet, plenty of exercise and talking to someone about
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