Essay about Opposing Viewpoints on Depression

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As Descartes argued, the mind and the body are the base of our existence, and many different cultures view different illnesses positively or negatively. Certain cultures, like the Hmong, believe that epilepsy is a good spiritual thing, but others, such as Western culture, believe that it is medically bad because it could cause death. Many illnesses can be viewed both negatively and positively, some more than others. However, one such illness that is mostly viewed negatively is depression. It is viewed negatively in a symptomatic sense – the symptoms are useless – and in a diagnostic sense – those diagnosed with depression are not actually depressed and the illness itself does not exist; it is simply an excuse to be lazy. There are many…show more content…
In addition, depression is extremely stigmatized. Depression is often seen as a lack of effort, a cry for attention, or simply laziness. This stigmatization causes a lot of people with depression to ignore the symptoms – some of which include the inability to focus, an unexplainable sadness, or a very large difficulty in doing things, including simply getting out of bed. Another important aspect to note is that most people have felt this way at some point in their lives, perhaps after a traumatic event or simply a stressful day. Those with depression experience it for longer periods of time, and the fact that others have experienced it causes those with depression to believe that their illness is not really there, simply a prolongation of the symptoms of others. Many cultures have different views on depression – some, like Eastern European cultures, tend to believe that depression is not a real thing; others, like Western cultures, actually tend to over diagnose depression – and throughout history, people have had different ideas of the reasons for depression. Because depression is portrayed so vastly differently across the globe and in different humans, there are different approaches to the causes for this mood disorder. Unlike a flu, for example, that has specific visible symptoms, such as a fever, vomiting, and feeling exhausted, depression essentially does not have any visible symptoms that

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