This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.
This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: Diagnosis and Treatment: Depression Mark Spencer Axia University BEH 225 Depression is something that everyone will deal with from time to time. It could be the death of a loved one or a loss of a job that causes a temporary period of depression. For most people, these feelings only last for a short period of time and then they are back to normal. For a person who suffers with depression, these periods of time are much longer and much more frequent. Many times these episodes of depression will last for days, weeks, months, or even years at a time. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. Some people may experience only a single episode within their lifetime, but more often a person may have multiple episodes. (NIMH, 2011) While depression is common, it is still a serious illness. Depression, known as the disease of sadness is a mood disorder that is characterized by mood variations over normal mood fluctuations. There are many symptoms associated with depression, or a depressive disorder. While the symptoms are many, not everyone with depression will experience every one of these symptoms. According to NIMH, the symptoms of depression are: Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness Irritability, restlessness Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex Fatigue and decreased energy Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping Overeating, or appetite loss Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment....
View Full Document
This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course PSCHOLOGY BEH225 taught by Professor Jensen during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.
- Spring '11