Depression : A Common Mental Disorder Essay

1723 Words Nov 18th, 2015 7 Pages
When kids are young they may live with the horrifying fear that there are monsters under their bed or in their closet. Unfortunately, for many children and adolescents the monster is not living in their closet or under their bed, and they probably wish it were. For many people, the monster is not just there when they go to bed, but instead it is inside them and it never goes away. This darkness is much worse than a monster and it goes by the name of depression. The constant inner battle of depression is not something people with depression can just shrug off. People can also no longer pretend it is not a real struggle many people all over the world are dealing with each and every day. According to an article done by Screening for Mental Health, “Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression” (“Depression Statistics” 1). Depression is not rare and the amount of people living with it increases more and more every year. Sadly, a lot of people who have depression are relying on medication that could potentially hurt them more than it could help them. Depression is a long term sadness that over time can lead to a lack of interest in the activities that once could have been a happy and joyful experience. For some people the depression becomes so severe that they turn to antidepressants. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain and antidepressants are a drug in the form of a pill that potentially attempt to…

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