Essay about Depression And Its Effects On Society

768 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
In Medline plus medical encyclopedia, depression is defined as “a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.” (Medline plus encyclopedia) Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, and that affects the ways a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself and thinks about things. Depression is characterized by certain, physical symptoms and suicidal thoughts. Physical symptoms involve loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including sex, loss of appetite with weight loss, or overeating with weight gain. Many depressed people tend to have a loss of emotional expression and are persistently sad, anxious, or absent minded. Depression can lead to a person’s feeling hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness. Depression can cause social withdrawal from family and friends, unusual fatigue, and low energy levels.
In depression the exact underlying changes are not clearly defined; studies show an association with an alteration in serotonin activity in the central nervous system. Other neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine and dopamine, may be involved. (Lippincott Advisor for Education)
Depression can run in families and some people will be at an increased genetic risk. However, having a parent or close relative with depression doesn’t mean you’ll automatically have the same experience. Life circumstances and…

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