Depression And Anxiety And Depression Essay

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Depression and Anxiety have for many years been downplayed and minimized. Walking down the street one can hear individuals talking about their “depressing” weekend and the “anxiety” they feel over a possible date. What many fail to understand is that the fact that Anxiety and Depression are real mental illnesses that require a lot of work and extensive treatment. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “It 's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder”(1) . In fact “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population”(1).
Due to the high demand there is an urgent need for effective and affordable treatments. The World Health Organization estimates that spending on anxiolytics alone is, on average, $94,880 USD per 100,000 people and sharply higher in wealthier countries, $315,560 USD per 100,000. The lack of access to treatment centers also drives individuals to self medicate which can lead to alcoholism and drug abuse.(2)
One of the most effective ways to address these illnesses is through Cognitive Therapy. The Cognitive therapeutic approach believes that “human beings have control over their feelings, and how individuals feel about something depends on how they think about it”. A specific type of…

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