Symptoms And Treatment Of Depression Essay

941 Words Jan 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
As Christmas and New Years day is celebrated this year, everyone won’t be celebrating. Losses of a loved one or unemployment are some of the causes for a lack of celebration. Depression during the holiday season is at an all time high and if not dealt with early, can spiral out of control.
Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Clinical depression is the more severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn 't the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder.
To be diagnosed with clinical depression, you must meet the symptom criteria for major depressive disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association. This manual is used by mental health providers to diagnose mental conditions and by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment. (2014, Mayo Clinic)
Depression is an extremely complex disease. It occurs for a variety of reasons. Some people experience depression during a serious medical illness. Others may have depression with life changes such as a move or the death of a loved one. Still others have a family history of depression. Those who do may experience depression and feel overwhelmed with sadness and loneliness for no known reason.
There are a number of factors that may increase the chance of…

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