Courtney Lopresti, in her article, “Why a Mental Health Misdiagnosis Can Be Dangerous,” goes into depth about how damaging a misdiagnosis can prove to be. One of her first points is that a misdiagnosis can lead to an incorrect prescription which could inevitably make the mental illness someone is suffering from so much worse. Lopresti gives the example of how mistaking someone who is bipolar from suffering from depression and putting them on antidepressants can exacerbate the illness, sending them into manic episodes. Another point she brings up is that therapy for a misdiagnosis can also prove to be harmful for patients. She uses the example of mistaking someone with OCD for someone with anxiety and how the encouragement for talking things out could worsen the obsessive behavior exhibited.
The major signs and symptoms of depression in the elderly such as Empty feeling, sadness, fatigue, sleep disturbance, social withdrawal, isolation, loss of appetite and repeated thought of death and suicide. Depression in older adults and elderly is often linked to physical illness. Symptoms of depression can also occur as part of medical problems such as dementia. The causes of depression in the elderly are mainly due to the physical and biological changes of the elderly that can put at risk for depression. The causative factors that contribute to depression in older adults and the elderly: Health problems, Loneliness and isolation ,reduced sense of purpose due to retirement or loss of identity, fears of death health issues, recent bereavements because of the death of friends or family members, loss of partner etc.
Stigma refers to when a person is viewed in a negative way because they have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that 's thought to be, a disadvantage preventing them from being accepted into a normalized social order. Stigma can cause living with a mental health illness to be more difficult. It is common for people to have negative attitudes or beliefs toward people who have a mental health condition for example depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Stigma is based on fear and misunderstanding of things perceived as abnormal. Many people hold negative opinions towards people with mental health problems because they have little or no understanding of the issues involved and because they are relying on myths and misconceptions.
It is something with the potential to cause extreme harm and ruin lives, if not treated appropriately. Keeping the magnitude in mind, let me throw some light on what exactly depression entails. What is depression and why is it caused? • Depression is a state of being where a person tends to feel
Risks people often take can include suicide or doing something dangerous. Impulsivity mostly influences people during times of crisis by resulting in uneducated actions and risk taking. People may make hasty,fast uneducated actions that may seem good now but in the long run are not good. Most people have ADHD and impulsivity is one of the main effects of having it. Having this medical condition could affect how people act during a crisis because it may confuse/alter
When such hormone byproducts occur in large amounts, they may contribute to a sustained feeling of low energy or depression”. The connection described gives reason as to how stress can impact one’s mental health for the worse, making them feel depressed. The low energy and depression described can also lead to more dangerous effects in life. Mills also goes on to demonstrate how stress can affect one’s cognitive functioning, saying,
Depression can be a biological disease as much as a psychological disease. It is most commonly defined as a lengthened sense of hopelessness in an individual. In the perspective of a psychoanalyst, the roots of depression come from hidden disturbances. This theory of psychoanalysis states that a person’s childhood residue of repressed conflicts and impulses stimulate negative effects on the person, one of which includes depression. Historically, some psychoanalysts believed depression is anger turned inward, or in other words, hatred turned into self-hatred.
MDD has different influences on individuals which include biological and psychosocial impact. The psychosocial impact is defined as the combined psychological and the social implications that a person will experience because of MDD. According to the scar model, depression is the cause of low self-esteem. The sad feelings that characterise patients’ daily moods eventually damage their self-esteem (Whitbourne, 2013). In other words, depression can cause an unhealthy sense of self-esteem.
Cognitive behavioral theorist Dr. Aaron Beck believes that depression is a result of negative thoughts that are caused by dysfunctional beliefs. In this case, the severity of these negative thoughts or beliefs directly determine the severity of the depression. Cognitive approaches to an individual with depression cite that the more negative/dysfunctional the thoughts, the more depressed the individual will be. There are three main themes seen with these thoughts: the individual views themselves as defective or broken (not good enough), they fail at everything or everything goes wrong for them, and that there is no chance for change for the future. These three thoughts are commonly shared by depressed individuals and can have seriously detrimental outcomes if all three are present, which is
Introduction: Many people have been in situations where they have been sad or depressed, today we can say that depression is an illness or disorder that affects an individuals ' mind and body. Moments of depression can be a normal coping mechanism during life struggles, a normal response to loss, or a damaged self-esteem. When feelings of intense sadness including feelings of helpless, hopeless and worthiness last for a substantial amount of days, it can keep one from functioning normally. Depression may be something more than sadness. It can very well be clinical depression which is a treatable medical condition.