Essay on Symptoms And Treatment Of Depression

1330 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 null Page
‭“How long have I been in this storm? So overwhelmed by the ocean’s shapeless form. Water’s getting harder to tread, with these waves crashing over my head. Barely surviving has become my purpose, because I’m so used to living underneath the surface (Lifehouse).” For some this is just a few lines of a song, for others it’s how they live life with depression, the feeling of drowning and feeling like they will never break the surface of the water, barely surviving. Depression is when feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and unhappiness are lasting longer than a few weeks (Ehalt). This disorder does not discriminate - gender, age, or race - anyone can be affected. Those that suffer from a depressive disorder cannot just “bounce back” or “pull themselves together” like most people think (Side Effects). Statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, reports that close to nine percent of Americans suffer from some form of depression (Iliades). Researchers recently concluded that twenty percent of Americans, mostly women, will suffer from one form of depression or another at some point in their lifetime (Gotlib and Hammen 1) and it is becoming one of the most common, recurring conditions in the world (Ehalt). All though it is unclear what exactly causes one’s depression, it is important to know it can have serious side effects on ones’ life if left untreated for to long or not at all: it can damage relationships with friends…

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