Essay about Depression: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

761 Words Nov 12th, 2013 4 Pages
Depression: A Biopsychosocial Perspective
Major Depressive Disorder, or depression, is by far the most common mental illness in Canada. It affects people from all ethnic, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. It is estimated that 8% of Canadians will suffer from depression at some point in their lives. With such prevalence, much study and analysis has been done to find a root cause. Three different perspectives are studied in the hopes of finding this origin. The biological perspective, focuses on organic roots, the psychological perspective, which studies how the individual view themself and their world, and the social perspective, which focuses on how external events affect the individual. Despite all of this research, a single
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He stated that depressed individuals had distorted views about their self (I’m worthless), their world (the world is unfair), and their future (the future is hopeless and nothing can be done to change it.) These recurrent thought patterns lead to distorted information processing, three common examples of which are magnification, emotional reasoning, and should statements. Magnification is the classic mountain out of a mole hill, while emotional reasoning

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