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1 Madison Nina Madison Professor Moore BISC 230 4 April 2012 Term Paper: Clinical Depression Introduction Clinical depression is a “serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act” (UHS Tang). Clinical depression is very inconsistent, causing the response to this disorder to be different for each individual. Often it is thought that an external cause triggers the depression, but depression can occur without any precipitating cause (Psych Central). It is often mistaken that one can overcome depression, but clinical depression is a chronic illness that is treated with long-term care. In addition, clinical depression comes in all forms, such as major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder. Major depression can happen several times throughout someone’s life and consists of a variety of symptoms. Some of the common physical symptoms are sleep disturbances, irregular appetite, fatigue, headaches, and digestive problems. Some of the behavioral symptoms are loss of interest, difficulty concentrating, neglecting responsibilities and appearance. Some of the emotional symptoms are long-term sadness, crying, agitation, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts (Mayo Clinic). Clinical depression is different from feeling sad because these symptoms persist over long periods of time. Doctors diagnose clinical depression by looking at these symptoms and evaluating the patients’ mental state. Surveys show that 54% of people believe that clinical depression is a personal weakness rather than a mental disorder (Uplift). Unfortunately, I mistakenly believed that depression was
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2 something that people could “fix themselves.” However, clinical depression is a chronic illness that is associated with imbalances in brain chemicals that cannot be overcome without medication and long-term psychotherapy. Many people do not empathize with depression and see clinical depression as minor compared to other chronic illnesses. I personally had a difficult time understanding what clinical depression truly is, since depression is psychological. I had this misconception till I saw my mom and friend experience clinical depression. My relationship with my mom was never good, but when I got into high school our fighting escalated. My mom would always be angry, even if the situation or problem were minor. To me, my mom appeared to be angry for no reason, but in reality it was caused by her clinical depression. Clinical depression can make a person not just sad, but also causes feelings of anger and anxiety. My inability to realize and understand what clinical depression truly is fostered my interest on the subject. I am the type of person that “gets over” things extremely quickly and therefore it is hard for me to understand how people get hung over things for such a long time. I think that this misconception and perception of clinical depression causes many to be
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