Week 8 Assignment - Diagnosis and Treatment: Depression...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–4. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Diagnosis and Treatment: Depression Dorothy Spencer Axia University BEH 225
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Diagnosis and Treatment: Depression Introduction Everyone has occasional feelings of sadness or feeling depressed. For most people, feelings such as these are transitory and pass within a few days. For others, it is a constant battle, which lasts weeks, months and many times years. People who suffer from constant depression and sadness have a depressive disorder. Such depressive disorders can impede a person’s normal and daily life functioning. Disorders, such as major depression can cause painful relationships between the person whom has the disorder and the individuals loved ones. Although depression is common, it is a serious illness, which can destroy a person’s life (NIMH, 2008). Depression, known as the disease of sadness is a mood disorder that is characterized by mood variations over normal mood fluctuations. This paper will discuss depression as a psychological disorder as well as diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. What is Depression? Depression is a psychological state that has a longer than usual period of sadness. Depression is described as a “combination of symptoms that impede a person's ability to
Background image of page 2
function. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. An episode of major depression may occur only once in a person's lifetime, but more often, it recurs throughout a person's life” (NIMH, 2008 Para. 3). Sometimes depression can make a person’s life unbearable. This should be taken as a sign that the person needs treatment. “People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness” (NIMH, 2008, Para. 10). Symptoms include: “constant sad, anxious or empty feelings” “Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism” “Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness” “Irritability, restlessness” “Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex” “Fatigue and decreased energy”
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 4
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY BEH/225 taught by Professor Marvel during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

Page1 / 9

Week 8 Assignment - Diagnosis and Treatment: Depression...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 4. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online