Depression and Suicide Essay

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Depression and Suicide


Depression affects everyone's life at sometime or another. Depression comes in a wide variety of forms, from mild unhappiness to a chemical imbalance in the mind. There are many different symptoms that reveal a person's problem with depression. If left untreated, depression may continue to develop into a serious illness or even death.
Depression is a psychological illness, much like bulimia or anorexia. It affects the mind as much as it does the body. Depression is directly related to many other disabilities: eating disorders, low energy levels, and social difficulties. Scientists have found that depression is the result of imbalances in the way the brain metabolizes chemicals called neurotransmitters.
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It affects the most popular students and the usually quiet ones. No student is totally free from the possibility of becoming depressed.
Depression comes in an extremely wide range of forms, some of which are: psychological (major) depression, clinical depression, and manic-depression (bipolar disorder). Each form of depression acts in it's own way and has it's own symptoms and treatments. Every type of depression, if left untreated, could lead to an attempted suicide or death.
The most common form of depression among young adults is psychological (major) depression, but it is also the easiest form of depression to treat. Psychological depression is commonly caused by some tragic or disturbing life experience and may last for a few months to many years. Nevertheless it should be caught early and treated.

Symptoms of this form of depression include:
a persistent sad or empty mood irritability or anger
alcohol or drug abuse loss of confidence
disturbed sleeping patterns restlessness
headaches or stomachaches agitation fatigue or loss of energy social withdrawal
feelings of helplessness guilt
large weight loss or gain excessive crying
difficulty concentrating or remembering poor self-esteem
and the most serious of all, thoughts of suicide

Most depressed individuals feel there is no way to end the misery and torture of…