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                                                                                                                        Depression: The Mind, Body and  Mood 






                                                                                                                                         Depression: The Mind, Body and Mood 

Depression can be known as one of the most common mental illnesses in America. It is a mood disorder that causes people great sadness, which can leave you feeling guilty and unworthy. Depression can last weeks to years depending on when you’re diagnosed or even if you get treated. Another word to describe depression is known as, uni-polar meaning (one sided). “Depression is a whole body illness that affects the entire body as well as the mind”. Another definition for Depression could be that it is a serious health problem that affects feelings, thoughts and actions, and can appear as a physical illness. There is more to depression than people may think or even know; many forms of it do exist. Depression can be a very dangerous thing, and with knowing the facts and the key results first, will often help the many who don't know what depression is stay informed and aware of Depressions affects.
 The Mental Health org estimated that Depression affects more than 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race, or gender.  While depression is not a normal part of the aging process, there is a strong likelihood of it occurring when other physical health conditions are present. For example MHA states that, nearly a quarter of the 600,000 people who experience a stroke in a given year will experience clinical depression.  Unfortunately, symptoms of depression are often overlooked and untreated when they coincide with other medical illnesses or life events that commonly occur as people age (e.g., loss of loved ones).  However, clinical depression is never a “normal” response; it is a serious medical illness that should be treated at any age. Now, for those who may disagree and argue that depression isn't all that serious and that it is simply normal for people to go through are trully lacking the key facts. What about the people who harm themselves or others do to their chronic sadness and unhappiness (Depression). I believe that depression isn't well known or understood by many. Proven facts and history of depression honeslty shows that harm can be done and will help many understand that depression isnt normal for you to go through and that help should be seeked. People need to answer these questions like, how is depression caused? What is Depression? And/or Why do many people suffer from it? Or Can it even be treatedable or even controlled? 


My Wayne State Survey

 I did a personal survey with the help of my English Professor, Mr. Grogan. I had a total of 17 Wayne State Students take the survey and they all were of different ethnic and age groups. I set the total percentage into a100% range. Out of the 100% of Wayne State Students only 40% Percent of them knew something about Depression. 10% would more than likely not seek help for themselves. But the other 10% would seek help for a friend. 10% said that people did not know a lot about depression. And 30% of the participants has either known or experienced depression.

Older Adults Depression 

It is said from the Mental Health America Org, that more than two million of the 34 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from some form of Depression.  Illnesses common in later life can cause symptoms of clinical depression, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, cancer and arthritis. One-third of widows/widowers meet criteria for depression in the first month after the death of their spouse, and half of these individuals remain clinically depressed after one year. Older patients with symptoms of depression have roughly 50% higher healthcare costs than non-depressed seniors. Depression is a significant predictor of suicide in elderly Americans. Comprising only 13% of the U.S. population, individuals aged 65 and older account for 20% of all suicide deaths, with white males being particularly vulnerable. Suicide among white males aged 85 and older (65.3 deaths per 100,000 persons) is nearly six times the suicide rate (10.8 per 100,000) in the U.S.


Depression In Men 

 Depression can strike down anyone, so  therefore it does not discriminate its victims. It is said that Depression usually strikes in late teens or early adulthood because that’s usually when more stress and worries arrive in ones life. Males usually tend to not seek help from anyone because they are ashamed or maybe afraid that they'll be looked at in a bad way. As little as losing a job can bring on stress in a man’s life. Providing for a family is something that a lot of men feel is the need to do. This world is a competitive place and men aren't excluded from being a victim of Depression. Men who suffer from Depression can become of hopeless, irritable, anxious, or very angry. As far as responsibilities go they can instantly lose interest in everything, such as family duties, important activities and work. There are many factors that can contribute to a mans depression and not in every man are they the same. A man with family history of depression can more than likely develop it than those whose family members do not have the illness. The brain and hormones that control a mans emotions and mood can affect the way his brain chemistry works. Stress can also lead to depression, for example:  loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship or any stressful situation that may become too much for a man may trigger the depression. Most of the time a combination of different factors can be the cause of depression.


The Mental Health America Org

Womens Depression

 Depression happens to affect more females then males mainly because the higher stress levels that are being endured. Many of the contributing causes in women with depression can come from the factors, such as developmental, reproductive, hormonal, genetic and other biological differences (premenstrual syndrome, childbirth, infertility and menopause). The social factors of life may also lead to higher rates of clinical depression among women, including stress from work, family responsibilities, the roles and expectations of women and increased rates of sexual abuse and poverty. Twenty to forty percent of women may experience premenstrual syndrome and an estimated 3 to 5 percent have symptoms severe enough to be classified as Premenstrual Dysphonic Disorder (PMDD).
Marriage/Childbirth Married people have a lower rate of depression than those living alone.  However, unhappily married people have the highest rates of depression; happily married men have the lowest rates.Co-occurring Illnesses Research from the mental health org shows a strong relationship between eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia nervosa) and depression in women. About 90-95% of cases of anorexia occur in young females. Reported rates of bulimia nervosa vary from one to three out of 100 people. Research shows that one out of three depressed people also suffers from some form of substance abuse or dependence. Although men are more likely than women to die by suicide, women report attempting suicide approximately twice as often as men. Treatment in Depression in women is also misdiagnosed approximately 30 to 50 percent of the time. Fewer than half of the women who experience clinical depression will ever seek care.


Childrens Depression Depression is way more than a slight sad day of sadness, it goes to a further place in a childs world. And it’s different for each child because of the different events that may take place. Children and teens with clinical depression cannot simply “grow out oof it”  Depression is a serious health problem that affects feelings, thoughts and actions, and can appear as a physical illness as well for some. (MHA) calculates that as many as one in eight teens and one in 33 children have clinical depression. Fortunately, depression in youth is treatable and if caught eary for most could help prevent any future negative activities. The signs of Depression can consist of chronic sadness, withdrawal from family and friends, irritability or agitation, body aches, such as headaches and stomachaches, less enthusiasm or motivation, loss of energy and chronic fatigue. All of these are signs that should not be ignored because worse things can happen. When knowing the warning signs of depression for your children then can get help immediately before worse happens.  


The Treatments for Depression MHA 

There are many different types of treatments out there for depression but sometimes they work in different ways. Medicine can help ease the depression symptoms but the first medicine that you may take might not be the right one for you.  If the depression is still occurring it may just take time to kick in or something else needs to be done. Although there are plenty medications out there in the world a Psychotherapist may be the next step for a person suffering from depression. They are trained mental health professionals who help you talk about your mood and problems. Instead of keeping it all inside they will help you shed light on the problems that are invading your life. Support Groups can also come in handy while struggling with your depression. While participating in these types of things you can hear other victims who suffer from depression. Talking with other people who also have depression may help you feel less alone and more informed about your illness and treatments. There are many local support groups out there as well. Neurostimulation is an option for those who have tried a variety of antidepressants, but they didn’t work, only partly worked, or stopped working for them in the course of time! Just because a person seeks treatment does not mean that they will be cured completely or cured at all, but people should not give up at all. As long as a strong support system is involved then things will be much easier for the victim because they will then have a sense of belonging.



 If Depression wasnt at all that important or even serious then there would be no need for those to seek professional help.  For those who didnt know depression is treatable with treatments such as therapy, medicine, and lifestyle changes, but sometimes those treatments fail to treat the patient and may only treat some of the symptoms. Therefore, Depression should never be overlooked as just a way of life or (normal). Harm can be done to the person dealing with depression and/or to the people who are around. Lives can be ruined and a life can be lost because the lack of knowledge towards depression itself. Depression affects the mind. body and emotions of a human being and can most definetly be decreased if more people understood the meaning and/or found better and new ways to help treat depression. If it cannot be treated at all for some, atleast find ways to calm the sypmtoms and help a person have more happy days. Depression should not be ignored or played with so for those who still havent learned anything then, sometimes it takes a personal experience to understand where the author is coming from.


"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"  - (Jonathan Davis)





If you would like to look further into Depression the other resources are here: 


Other Resources


 National Institute of Mental Health

Phone: (866) 615-6464



 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Phone: (800) 826-3632



 Families for Depression Awareness

Phone: (781) 890-0220




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