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Pictured above is Cho Seung Hui, the gunman in the Virginia Tech Massacre. Cho apparently suffered from depression that was not properly treated. Depression is a serious problem for those who suffer from the condition. Depression
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Life Events Trigger Neurotransmitter Imbalances and Depression. Depression presents its self in many forms. Each individual responds differently to depression and that is why it can be so difficult to diagnose and treat. The symptoms of depression fall into four categories; mood , cognitive , behavioral and physical . In other words depression affects how individuals feel, think and behave as well as how their bodies work. People with depression may experience symptoms in any combination of the above categories. Perhaps the most common symptom of depression is the feeling of sadness combined with the loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed. Other symptoms of depression include too much sleep or the inability to sleep, agitation, emptiness, hopelessness, and profound apathy. Depression can last weeks, months and even years. Most depression is treatable. Clinical depression should be distinguished from the day to day blues. Many people can develop the blues which can last for up to a week or two, however if the blues persists a person could become clinically depressed and may need treatment. Depression
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As the illness worsens the cognitive ability of the brain is affected such as slowed thinking and concentration, problems decision making. Depression can often be accompanied with other psychiatric disorders like psychosis, and anxiety and is a major cause of suicide. In the general population major depression has been documented in certain populations with a prevalence as high as 1 in 5 people. That statistic came from a study in Beirut, Lebanon. In the United States major depression is reported in 1 in 20 people and in Taiwan 1 in 100. Why are these numbers so different? One could imagine that the current social and economic conditions in a region contribute greatly to depression, such that for example in times of extreme poverty, war poverty or natural disaster incidence of depression would increase. We also know that genetics can predispose people to severe depression. These are the types of factors that need to be taken into consideration when looking at the statistics of depression. What causes depression? The truth is that we have been striving since the earliest of times to understand the nature of depression and its causes, but we still don't know for the exact mechanism by which depression is triggered. There are a myriad of theories out there some originating in the earliest of cultures including the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Hindus. There are psychosocial theories , which include
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course BIOL 100 taught by Professor Lee during the Winter '07 term at San Diego State.

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