The Cause Of Clinical Depression

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Depression is not an illness. It is an excuse for being contemptuous and miserable. Today, the word "depression" is so passively thrown around and completely exaggerated. Clinical depression is defined as “A mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest." (Webster). Most people who say they have it, really do not! It is typical to just say that they are depressed when they are going through a difficult time in their lives. They use it as a short term solution compared to a long term opportunity to solve the way they are feeling. Lately, there has been an uprise in the number of "depressed" college students. The word depression has suddenly changed from a clinical disease to a way into the "in crowd". College students…show more content…
It has become accustomed that in order to stand out one must be different from everyone else. Typically, this is true. However, are there not more ways to fit in than just being different? It seems that lately being depressed is the "in thing". Is that not an interesting thought? That in order to be cool, one has to be depressed? How about the thought that the emotions someone feels is really just a prolonged sense of boredom and things not going their way? Perhaps they are just not living hard enough and in order to fill the empty hole in their life they come up with the perfect excuse: I am depressed. Not every emotion someone feels determines if they have a serious disease. In the book, “Case Studies in Emotion-Focused Treatment of Depression” the authors discuss emotional-based therapy as a treatment for depression. There are six case studies demonstrated in the book. It was found that emotion-based therapy can be successful as a treatment for depression. Day after day we find scientists and doctors looking deeper into the concept of emotion. It is found that maybe the human brain just does not know how to handle the emotions that come along with everyday…show more content…
While there are instances that depression is serious, it is widely over exaggerated. Students have many opportunities to get the help they need with time management, school work, or any other aspect of the college life. If a student is feeling stressed or having a bad day, help is right around the corner. Students should not throw around the term depression as if it is not a serious disease. Some people do suffer greatly from it and strive to live a healthy lifestyle every day. Perhaps instead of resorting to the worst, students should take a step back and realize where they are and how great their life actually is. Even if a student is having a bad day, it could be worse. An anonymous person once said, “Be thankful for the bad things in life. They open your eyes to see the good things you weren’t paying attention to
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