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Discussion Question 6 - as a person comes to term with his...

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Stephanie Warner PSYCH 242 C David Knight 18 October 2007 Discussion Question 6 If depression is something that we all experience, what is the difference between “normal” depression and “clinical” depression? Doesn’t even a little depression interfere with functioning? How would you think of yourself differently if you were told that your depression had reached “clinical” proportions? Normal depression is everyday events and situations that would depress a person, such as a bad grade on a test. Clinical depression is a chemical imbalance that a person is scientifically diagnosed with. It requires medicine and or psychiatric attention. A person with clinical depression finds that there is not always a logical reason for his or her dark feelings. Exhortations from well-meaning friends and family for him or her to "snap out of it" provide only frustration because he or she can no more "snap out of it" than the diabetic can will his or her pancreas to produce more insulin. Normal depression passes
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Unformatted text preview: as a person comes to term with his or her troubles. It may effect a person’s functioning for a short period or time, but it usually only lasts a few hours to a day. Clinical depression severely affects the person’s functioning and usually lasts longer than a day, sometimes even up to two or more years. If I was told that my depression had reached “clinical” proportions it would probably make me feel even more depressed. I would think that I was crazy because, my depression is not “normal” and I have problems. It would make me feel worse about myself, and this would then make my depression worse. It would be a vicious cycle and who knows if I would be able to get out of it. This is why I think labels on disorders can sometimes be a bad thing. Telling someone that their depression is not “normal” could make things worse for that person, and that is not the goal of the person trying to help them....
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