Depression: Symptoms, Types, and Treatments Essay

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Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. Depression is a persistent condition that interferes with everyday life and afflicts a person with an overwhelming emotional state of mind. Depression can make the most routine task feel like an extraordinary burden, a feeling that does not go away. There are more than million people in the United States of America who have been diagnosed with depression. In today’s age, depression is more aggressive than ever taking its toll on people of all ages ranging from early childhood to adulthood. Depression is showing up more often between the ages of 15 to 30(Colman, Ian, and Ataullahjan 622-632). As depression has become more prevalent in today’s society, a common debate that has …show more content…
Although the reason for this gender differentiation is still unclear, researchers suggest that it is because of all the physical and emotional changes women go through during their life span such as puberty, menstruation, child bearing, and menopause.

Environment is defined as the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded. With that in mind, the influences of one’s environment can certainly be attributed to behaviors such as depression. There has been a significant amount of research on children whose parents are divorced and whether or not that circumstance influenced depression in the child. Research shows that the event does not necessarily trigger depression immediately but can have affects later on in life(Colman, Ian, and Ataullahjan 622-632). The environment affects people and in turn people will affect the environment.
Research has proven that physical stress and demands on the body can later in life result in depression (Williams 34-43). In the 1980’s researchers were able to link low birth weights with cardiovascular and respiratory disease later on in life thereby generating the theory that disease and condition can be traced back to a person’s birth(Colman, Ian, and Ataullahjan 622-632). In addition to linking irregular heartbeat and asthma to low birth weight, researchers have also been able to link depression with it. Stress on the body during the earlier stages of infancy has the potential to disrupt

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