Symptoms And Treatment Of Depression

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Depression is a word that people commonly use in everyday life. On any given day you will hear someone say "I am feeling depressed", "that was depressing", exc, but depression is not just a state of being but "a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way. " Because of overuse of this word, people often mistake when someone should be medically diagnosed with depression for them just being sad. This is problematic in someone who is medically ill and faces consequences because of a chronic illness that goes undaginosed. These consequences ranging from minor harm to oneself or others to death all because no one saw the signs that they were actually clinically depressed. Often people who seek help for depression by way of medicine do not feel that it works because antidepressents take on average two months to begin reducing symptoms. This is a problem in the medical field because when results are not being seen patients tend to find themselves in harms way. In order for depression to become treatable the pharmasutical industry is going to have to significantly improve how long antidepressents take to work and the rate of which antidepressents are effective. Depression effects one in every six americans at some point during life. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates more than one in 10 Americans over the age of 12 took antidepressants between 2005 and 2008, and the rate of
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