Major Depressive Disorder. One Of The Most Commonly Diagnosed

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Major Depressive Disorder One of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in the United States is Major depressive disorder. Major depressive disorder is defined by the National Institute of Mental Health as a common but serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleep, eating or working. For a doctor to diagnose you the symptoms must be present for a minimum of two weeks. Major depressive disorder is an umbrella for other depressive disorders. Persistent depressive disorder, which is also known as dysthymia, is when someone has persistent depression for two years or more. They may have periods of lesser symptoms intertwined with major depression. Perinatal…show more content…
We will talk about the affects it has on families. We will discuss diagnosis, treatment and the stigma attached to one of the most diagnosed mental disorders in our country. Major Depression Disorder in Adults Major depressive disorder has a significant place in our country. “In 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults” (National, 2015). These numbers do not exclude bereavement, medical illness or substance use disorders. This means that almost 7 people out of every 100 are suffering from depression. Out of the estimated 16.1 million people the affects will range widely. Some will suffer from deppression so badly they will not be able to leave their houses. There may be an overwhelming sadness or maybe just a severe lack of motivation. Some will feel like they are in a constant fog. Others will be able to do basic funtions but not their normal everyday activities or on a regular basis. When these changes happen and last for weeks it becomes a clinical issue. The changes can take a toll on the human body if not addressed and treated. The way depression makes people feel can lead to struggles at work and at home. ItAt work concentration can beceome an issue as well as motivation. Depression also tends to draw the depressed away from their friends and
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