Major Depressive Disorder

741 Words Feb 18th, 2018 3 Pages
It has been called the “common cold” of psychological disorders because it is the number one reason that people seek mental health services. A study done by the CDC estimated that one out of every ten adults has been depressed at one point or another in their life. Depression can be caused by many things such as illness, abuse, a lack of serotonin in your brain, or countless other things. An article written in the New York Times entitled “Major Depression”, stated that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain due to stress, problems with your genes, or sadness. But it’s more likely a nice cocktail of all of those things give or take a few instead of just one of those factors. And no matter what your age you can develop depression whether you’re a ten year old kid or a fully grown adult.
The symptoms of depression according to the essay are, fatigue, generally being irritated by everything, loss of interest, and a slew of other fun things. And in the very deepest and severe forms of the depression you can hallucinate and have delusions which is called depression with psychotic features. But the article sums up the symptoms by basically saying that when you have depression “you often see everything in a negative way”.

According to the essay depression is very treatable though, with the treatments including medicine, talk…