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Daniel Kelleher Dr. Goodwin BHAN 231 Depression “A lot of people don't realize that depression is an illness. I don't wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it off” (NIHM, 2011). Jonathan Davis stated this quote to illustrate his belief that depression should be taken more seriously as a medical condition. He also believes that one who has not experienced depression does not understand the true devastation the condition can have on someone’s life. Depression is a serious medical condition that calls for the allotment of more school and community resources. Depression is defined as a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any negative reason (Zieve, 2011). Depression is an illness that can affect anyone at any given time. In a recent study, it was estimated that 38 million U.S. adults have experienced depression at some point during their lifetime (Zieve, 2011). The number of people is alarmingly high and speaks volumes about how depression is truly a silent epidemic that is sweeping across the nation. Because it is difficult to identify the causes of depression, wealth will not necessarily lead to a cure; therefore depression affects men and women of all ages, races, and economic levels. However studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between major depression and hereditary traits within a family (Zieve, 2011). Also, psychiatrists assume depression is related to genetics and changes to levels of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine (NIHM, 2011). Startling information recently reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicated
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that as many as 1 in every 33 children may have depression; among adolescents, the ratio may be as high as 1 in 8 (NIHM, 2011). This great prevalence of depression in adolescents shows a need for teachers to be highly educated about the illness and to be informed on the best way to accommodate a depressed student in their classroom. Depression is an extremely complex disease and it occurs for a variety of different
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