Argumentative Term Paper On Depression

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Imagine spending life always feeling down, or upset; when everything may be just fine. Imagine feeling like a bystander and alien in the society and world in which you live. Everyone around you is smiling and enjoying their life, but you have an overwhelming sense that something inside of you is missing. This may seem shocking millions of people suffering from depression feel these exact things daily. Many believe that depression isn’t real, or it’s something that “happens to someone else.” Depression is an illness, and it is extremely common and widespread. The problem is that most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one is suffering, and often fail to empathize. Fiona Apple, famous singer and songwriter, claims that …show more content…
It affects the way that you act, the way that you feel, and can lead to more serious health problems if left untreated. Contrary to what some may say, depression is more than a short-lasting feeling of sadness or going through a rough patch; it affects everyday life for a long period of time. In its mildest form, it might not have an extreme influence, but it can make everything seem more difficult to do and less meaningful. At its most severe depression can be life-threatening and fatal. Everyone has bad and sometimes miserable times, and usually these feelings pass. When they don’t pass, that's when we need to seek some help. Elizabeth Griffin, MD, in her article “What Depression Does to Our Minds When it Attacks,” says that “Depression is overwhelming and overpowering, and it crushes its prey” (Griffin). By comparing depression to a predator, she accurately explains how aggressive and destructive the illness can be. It is real, and you cannot wish it …show more content…
The Center for Disease Control’s(CDC) website says, “a person must experience five or more of the following symptoms for a continuous period of at least two weeks to meet the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder: Irritability, loss of interest in usual activities, inability to experience pleasure, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, thoughts of death or suicide, inability to concentrate, difficulty in making decisions, fatigue, lack of energy, restlessness, lethargy, changes in sleep, appetite and activity levels. Most symptoms must be present every day or nearly every day and must cause significant distress or problems in daily life functioning.” Symptoms of depression aren’t always easy to recognize, but noticeable changes in daily life activities and/or routines are worth discussing with your

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