Types Of Major Depressive Disorder

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Depression in Inmates Major depressive disorder is a mood disorder that can be found among many Americans, reaching roughly three percent of adults and eleven percent of adolescents living in the United States. Other forms of less severe depression affect about ten percent of adult Americans. Women are more likely to be affected by this disorder than men, and women in their 30’s are also more likely to be affected than women of any other age group. In the criminal justice world, many adults who are put in prison or commit violent crimes suffer from a mental illness. Prison conditions aren’t like staying in a five star hotel by any means. Contact with people outside the prison is dependent on behavior of inmates, and the cells only meet the basic needs of living. It would be safe to assume that these conditions would further the severity of a person’s mental illness or even cause the emergence of one. This raises the question; does being in the prison environment induce depression in inmates as well as increase the severity of depression symptoms in inmates who suffered prior to imprisonment? In a study from 2011, researchers looked to gather information about the connection between incarceration and depression among adolescents. While many researchers had studied the depression among inmates, none had gone as far to look at incarceration as a cause for the depression in these inmates. This study took the opportunity to take a closer look at prison life as being a trigger

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