Essay on Depression : A Mental Disorder
June 8, 2015
Depression is a mental disorder that can affect the way an individual behaves as well as how he feels about himself. It is a condition that affects thousands of people in the world without any preference (women, men, children...), causing “emotional disbalances” and interfering with their daily life (Vidal, 2012). Nowadays, clinical diagnosis of depression has increased in the population in a significant way, especially in children and teenagers. Those who suffer from it display extreme variations in behavior such as persistent sadness and loss of self-esteem can take place.
Depression in youth is a reality today. According to a study conducted by the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), about 11% of the worldwide population, over the age of 18, suffer from depression, making the possibility of a large adult population that suffers from depression a soon to reality. Numbers like these prove how depression is one of the leading illness’ of people today. (National Institute of Mental Health) It is often difficult to diagnose depression during one’s adolescent years due to the massive amount of changes that occur during this stage of development of the human mind and body. Additionally, as times have changed, the environments in which children are growing up have changed too. Changes in social norms (such as family structure and the role of technology in societies), and in the…