Clinical Depression Research Paper

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Depression is a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way. Depression causes severe symptoms that somehow affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Most people feel depressed at times. Losing someone you love so dearly, losing your job, or having other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, and scared. Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. These feelings an individual are coping with are normal reactions to life 's stressors. Some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with their activities of daily living.…show more content…
We are all familiar with the essential feelings associated with depression: feeling down and blue, feeling listless, and lacking energy to do even the fun things we normally enjoy (386). Sometimes we let things get in the way of our everyday living. The state of sadness that occurs in response to situations such as the loss of a loved one, failure to achieve our goals, or disappointment in love is called reactive depression and does not constitute mental illness unless symptoms are disproportionate to the event or significantly prolonged. The fact that we all have experienced depression does not make the clinical condition any easier to…show more content…
The intense pain and loneliness may make suicide seem like the only option available. Pathological depression resembles the emotional state that we all have experienced but differs significantly both in intensity and duration. Most depressed patients express feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, sadness, guilt, and desperation Meyer & Quenzer, (2005). People who are depressed have interpersonal problems. Not only do depressed people have interpersonal problems, but unfortunately, their own behavior also seems to make these problems worst. Depressive behavior can, and overtime frequently does, elicit negative feelings (sometimes including hostility) and rejection in other people, including strangers, roommates, and spouses Coyne, (1976). Given the recurrent nature of the disorder, it is important not just to treat the acute episode, but also to protect against its return and the onset of subsequent episodes. In conclusion, depression affects the quality of life in an individual. Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, natural, environmental, and psychological factors. Treatments are available for you if you are suffering from depression. If you think you may have depression, start by making an appointment with your primary care

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