Effects Of Major Depressive Disorder On Adolescents

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Collin Lahr
The Effect of Major Depressive Disorder on Adolescents
Contemporary Health Issues
Dr. Kim

Abstract
This paper researches the possible causes and mechanisms of Major Depressive Disorder amongst adolescents age 15 to 24. It’s widely believed to be a mixture of an imbalance of neurotransmitters and chemicals in the brain, psychological trauma or abuse from the past, and hereditary chromosomal similarities. There are several possible ways to attempt to fix this problem including; an implant that regulates the level of chemicals in the brain, therapy and psychological counseling, or identifying and modifying chromosomes.

Introduction When people think of the many health issues that plague our corner of the world they usually focus on the more physical problems such as cancer, high blood pressure, and the deadly heart disease. However, the population living with mental illness is growing and becoming more visible; even celebrities and government officials are afflicted. The list of mental illnesses goes on and on, but some of the more common are anxiety disorders, addiction, bipolar disorder, Dysthymia, and Major Depressive Disorder. Dysthymic disorder is characterized by long, persistent periods of chronic, low-key depression. Dysthymia can last for several years. Most sufferers do not even realize they have a mental illness, considering it to be simply a personality trait. Whereas dysthymia is a long steady condition, bipolar disorder is a disease of
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