Depression wears many different faces and can be seen in many ages and is most often misunderstood. It is one thing to feel depressed, it is another to suffer from depression. Admitting one is depressed is hard to do, but left untreated can lead to other major medical issues. “Depression is a hidden illness,” says Jeremy Coplan, MD, professor of psychiatry at SUNY Downstate in New York. At times some people can appear happy and joyful, but inside they’re struggling with the symptoms of depression.
Depression is more than just a bad mood. People experiencing a major depression really need professional treatment. Depression is a mind and body issue and should be treated with the same self-compassion and treatment-seeking with which we would treat any major illness. Depression is affecting younger people, it is a leading factor of suicide. Mindfulness can help with recurrent depression.
Depression is a serious disorder just by itself but if not treated it can cause more and more issues. Depression can affect the immune system making it harder to fight infections (“ How Depression Affects…”). This means that you can get sick more easily and it will take longer to get back to normal health. People affected by depression might express different concerns, generally they describe having poor sleep and complain of low appetite, low energy, irritability, sadness, and a loss of enjoyment in life (Aguirre 1&2). Ultimaley depression can lead to insomnia or hypersomnia.
As a result of the society’s lack of understanding concerning mental illnesses many teenagers suffer from disorders, which causes them to commit suicide if not given the proper treatment. Mental illness is a complicated concept to understand however it affects millions of people every day. “The term mental illness represents a mental, behavioral, or emotional ailment that causes impairment in functioning an interpersonal relationships and is sufficient enough in duration”(Mullen Crowe 401). When an individual hears someone say the term mental illness they may equate it to someone in a mental institution or someone who is “crazy”. This is a completely stereotypical way to think because mental diseases are much more complicated than that.
In fact, people do get Insomnia from depression. This is when someone can’t stay asleep or they are staying asleep. Furthermore, The Web MD states that “The inability to get a good night's sleep can have serious consequences on the human body.” Thus, this can lead to fatigue, which is when a person is having difficulties pronouncing words or they are showing signs of tiredness. Equally important, chronic illness can lead to depression. In The Web MD says “The rate for depression occurring with other medical illnesses is quite high and depends on many factors, especially a past history of depression” Thus, this can be from chronic illness from past history, and this can make a person have
“Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It 's the fear of failure but no urge to be productive. It 's wanting friends but not socializing. It 's wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely. It 's caring about everything then caring about nothing.
What is depression Depression is a serious, and often underestimated, mental condition that affects both mind and body of millions of university students worldwide each year. This mental disorder negatively affects how a person feels, the way he/she thinks and how he/she acts. It causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work, school and at home-among students this medical condition often leads to fail and discontinues and dropping out of university. Depression is different from sadness or grief/bereavement and shouldn’t be confused with the latter.
In terms of prevention, being aware of and identifying those factors can reveal more serious mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, self-harming, suicide ideation, eating disorders or drugs consummation. Martinez, Espinosa, Zitko, Marin, Schilling, Schwerter and Rojas (2015) help me to think about depression in adolescence. Depression is a highly prevalent and recurrent illness that affects people of all ages and carries high individual, family, and social costs. Depression in adolescents is of particular importance – prevalence begins to increase in this period and is associated with persistent and considerable functional impairment and serious negative consequences, such as suicide, poor performance at school, difficulty with interpersonal relationships, risk-taking behavior, and physical health problems. Depression and self-harm are some mental illnesses which are difficult to identify due to the fact that students who may suffer from these illnesses, such as self-harm, try to hide symptoms.
(Depression and Anhedonia”, 2009) states, “Anhedonia is one of the main symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD). It is the loss of interest in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities. People suffering from clinical depression lose interest in hobbies, friends, work”. This simply shows that when someone is dealing with Depression it makes them unable to show interest in things they were once interested in, making it harder to look at things positively and find pleasure in the good things in life. To prove this point, a professor named Aaron Heller did a study of the brain to show that individuals with Depression have a less positive response to certain things than someone without Depression.
All people can experience sadness, but depression can change a person’s behavior, socialization, and physical being. Behavior in us humans is always changing, but when it comes to having depression your behavior tends to change more. People who don’t have depression love to hang out with friends and go out to do fun activities. However, people who have depression will start making up excuses of not wanting to hang with friends (Jerry Kennard). They start to lose the excitement