Depression : A Common Disease Essay

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Depression is a common disease that is often underestimated and overlooked. Depression goes beyond not feeling well or feeling sad; depression is the constant feeling of sadness and lost interest. Some signs of depression are feeling fatigue on a daily basis, worthless, restless or slowing down. Further signs of depression are insomnia, hypersomnia, feelings of guilt, losing pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyable, constant thoughts of suicide and death as well as, losing or gaining large amounts of weight at a time. Depression, a mood disorder, also known as a major depressive disorder or clinical depression that causes persistent negative feelings. It affects how one feels, thinks and behaves, which can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. “You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn 't worth living” (Mayo Clinic). Being aware of the symptoms, risk factors and staying up to date with information on depression one can treat depression and stop someone from taking their life. There are many agencies and partnerships that have come about to counteract depression in the older community and bring about change.
Being able to detect depression in the older community can be difficult because they conceal it so well and at times feel ashamed having these feelings and keep it to themselves. Depression is high in the elder community; suicide and depression rates increase in older men and decline in…

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