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Surname 1Student’s NameTutorCourseDateThinking Philosophically About DepressionIntroductionDepression is a common but serious mood disorder which causes severe symptoms thataffects how a person feels, thinks and handles daily activities. Notable signs and symptoms mayinclude the feeling of hopelessness, persistent "empty” mood, decreased energy, feeling restless,suicidal attempts, difficulty concentrating and irritability (Ratcliffe 4). Although the depressionexperience has been known since the classical times, deeper understanding still eludes us. Theneuroscience field might be currently leading the charge, however, the philosophy field is still inthe race. Depression, together with anxiety tends to be one of the most vital emotional states ofthe conscious being (Popoveniuc 22). Individuals suffering from depressive disorder usuallyshow distorted thinking.To them, everything simply looks bleak besides holding negative viewsregarding themselves, their condition and the future.Such situation makes them be trapped intheir pessimism and obsess over their issues. The feeling of hopelessness and helplessness mayeven make the depressed individuals consider suicide as the only way out. In addition, stressfulevents provoked by the grief, sadness, and despair are also part of the depressed individual's lifeand they tend to be followed by disruptive events. Such events may include loss of loved ones,being angry, refashion and accepting the situation and displaying strong resilience. Furthermore,just like diabetes and heart illness, depression disorder can be highly debilitating and even morefatal. It is generally poorly understood and profoundly stigmatized.Individuals suffering from
Surname 2depression are usually seen as losers or failures and too weak to pull themselves up. The paperwill focus on addressing the issue of depression from a philosophical perspective. The topics tobe discussed include metaphysical, ontological, epistemology and ethical analysis. In addition, Iwill provide an analysis of the insight I have gained from analyzing the issue of depression.Metaphysical analysisAccording toPopoveniuc (24), depression is an ontologically essential factor of humanconsciousness. It is a way of experiencing oneself in reality which is indispensable for thedevelopment of human consciousness. Depression tends to affects most of us at some point inour lives and it is a physical problem which requires recognition, diagnosis and treatment. Thereare several treatment options available for depression from psychotherapy to herbal remedies andany of them can make a difference depending on the individual source of depression. Hence,there is a common underlying metaphysical meaning which an individual need to explore forsupporting the treatment of choice. Depression is generally the result of not feeling worthy ofexperiencing the pleasure of life or having hope that life may offer soulful fulfillment (Ratcliffe101).

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Dr. Omollo
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Major depressive disorder

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