Symptoms And Changes Of Depression

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Depression is a mood disorder characterized by pervasive sadness and psychophysiological changes like changes in sleep patterns, sexual desires, loss of pleasure in previously enjoyed things, and even suicidal thoughts (Belmaker & Agam, 2008, p. 55). Its rise in prevalence in Western society means that students with depression or depressive symptoms are more common in our schools. The students experience difficulty in motivation and self-esteem, and depression is often comorbid with disorders like ADHD, anxiety, and learning disabilities. This means that students need additional support in classrooms, and depression is very treatable with cognitive behavioral therapies. Body Increasing awareness of mental disorders like anxiety, ADHD, depression, OCD, eating disorders, and PTSD, has increased public dialog about these disorders. Currently the World Health Organization estimates that by 2020 depression will be the 2nd highest cause of morbidity, poor health or diseased state, worldwide (Popa, 2012, p. 414). In this paper, I will discuss the history of depression, its presence in classrooms, and how schools and teachers can support the well-being and success of their depressed students. One of the biggest shifts in recognizing mental disorders like depression as real and dangerous disorders was the suicide of Robin Williams, who struggled with severe depression and anxiety related to Parkinson’s disease (“Robin Williams”, 2015). And while later evidence links the cause of
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