Depression And People : Depression Essay

1588 Words Apr 7th, 2016 null Page
Have you ever felt sadness, guilt, or loss of interest for over two weeks of time? If so, you probably have one of the most common mental disorders in America today. Depression can come and go, but even with extensive research, no one knows exactly what can onset depression. Many people with depression need someone to notice their suffering before they will actually get help, and sometimes that call for help will be drastic. Anyone can have depression, but the symptoms, types, and length of depression is different for every patient.
History of Depression Depression has been around for a very long time. A couple Alvin and Virginia Silverstein along with their daughter Laura wrote an informative book Diseases and People: Depression. They stated, “In 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Greek physician considered to be the father of medicine, described depression and called it melancholica (from Greek words meaning “black bile”).” (A. Silverstein, V. Silverstein, & L. Silverstein Nunn, 1997, p. 14) This might not have been the first encounter with depression, but it is the first we know about. Throughout the years, there has been continued research on this terrible mental disorder. According to the Silverstein family (1997), “Almost two thousand years ago, the physician Soranus of Ephesus treated depression and manic-depressive illness with mineral water, which most likely contained lithium,” (p. 23). Other things they used to help treat depression was sunlight toward the…

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