Depression : Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, And Outcomes Of Depression

765 Words Nov 4th, 2014 4 Pages
Depression What exactly is depression? Depression is “a mood disorder characterized by sadness; a feeling of guilt; changes in sleep, appetite, and motor behavior; and sometimes thoughts of suicide.” (Davis, Palladino, Christopherson. 2013). In this paper, there will be the discussion of symptoms, individual affects, prevalence rates, treatments, and outcomes of depression. In the closing of this paper there will be a brief description of my own opinions of depression.

Symptoms There are four main symptoms of depression, which are emotional, cognitive, motivational, somatic and behavioral (Davis, et al.). Examples of emotional symptoms are episodes of crying, loss of temper, jumpiness, and being sad. Cognitive means that someone is being excessive, feels guilty, has meditative thoughts, lacks self-esteem, etc. When someone is depressed motivationally, they lack interest in sex, have no energy to work, have troubles getting out of bed, and become more anti-social. Lastly being depressed can affect the behavior and somatic of a person. A person may lose weight, change sleeping habits, function more poorly, and have chronic pains and illnesses (Davis, et al.). Symptoms can very between ages of adults, adolescents, and children. Children tend to have headaches, stomachaches, and have temper tantrums (Davis, et al.) Adults can have the symptoms of loss of appetite and become sad compared to adolescents, who tend to get angry. (Davis, et al.) All ages can experience any…

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