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1 Running Head: 5-3 Rough Draft Submission 5-3 Rough Draft Submission: Major Depressive Disorder Kajal Patel IHP 325: Dimensions of Mental Health Southern New Hampshire University
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2 Running Head: 5-3 Rough Draft Submission Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), is also known as clinical depression. It is a medical condition negatively affects a person’s emotional and physical health. It is a chronic mental disorder that causes changes in a person’s mood, behavior, thoughts, and also their physical health. MDD is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. “In 2015, nearly 7 percent of Americans over age 18 had an episode of MDD” (Kerr, 2017). Many people with MDD do not seek treatment and that can turn very seriously because it has the potential to take away a person’s ability to experience a healthy lifestyle. People with major depressive disorder exhibit symptoms of depressed moods nearly every day. They show disinterest or pleasure in all or most of the activities, sudden loss or weight gain, change in appetite, trouble falling asleep or want to sleep more than usual, feelings of restlessness, lack of energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilty, difficulty concentrating, thinking or making decisions, or thoughts of harming yourself or committing suicide (Kerr, 2017). In order for a person to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, they must have shown symptoms of depressed mood or loss of interest or little pleasure for at least 2 weeks. The onset of major depressive disorder can range from childhood to adolescent to adulthood. But the average age for both males and females if 33 years old. The reason why
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  • Fall '17
  • Schizophrenia, Major depressive disorder, dysthymia, depressive disorder

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