Major Depression : A Psychological Disorder

870 Words Nov 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Major depression is a psychological disorder that can affect anyone at any age. It is a mental disorder that is not well-received by many, since there are a lot of negative things that are associated with it. Some people tend to say that this disorder isn’t real, they think that the person suffering can just easily snap out of it. This leads to people being scared of having depression, so they refuse to get help for fear of alienation from their family and friends, who believe that this disorder is just an excuse that someone can use to get attention. The truth is, depression is a lot more complicated than that. Depression has a lot of symptoms, and a patient must have five or more of the symptoms in order to qualify as depressed (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p.160). The American Psychiatric Association (APA) (p.160) says that feeling depressed, sad, or empty almost every day, and a loss of interest in activities that used to bring you a lot of pleasure, such as sports, writing, and sex are the two main symptoms. These symptoms turn into irritability in teens and kids, and parents tend to ignore it because they believe that it is just a teenager being a teenager. The other symptoms of depression, according to the APA (p.161) are major weight loss or gain caused by changes in eating habits, insomnia or hypersomnia, feeling restless or slowed down, fatigue without a visible reason, feeling worthless or guilty, lack of ability to think (getting easily distracted),…
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