Depression

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Depression

Depression is a very big topic to discuss. The most commonly asked questions are: What is
depression, and what disorders are related to depression? How common is depression? Is it
serious? What treatment is used? And, What kind of symptoms should a person be looking
for?

Depression is more than the everyday ups and downs. You know when a person is depressed
when their sad feelings interfere with their everyday life. Depression doesn't only affect
feelings, but can change behavior, physical health and appearance, academic performance,
social activities, and the ability to make decisions that are face every day. The causes
of depression are still unknown, but researchers have found a genetic link between most
depressive disorders. Another depressive disorder is bipolar depression. Bipolar
depression is when a person goes through mood cycles. The two common moods are being sad
and down, but that can change to a very energetic mood quickly. Some things that can
trigger a depressive episode are a serious loss, chronic illness, relationship problems,
work stress, family crisis, financial setback, or any other unwelcome life change.

Clinical depression is more common than most people think. More than nineteen million
Americans are affected each year. One-fourth of all women and one-eighth of all men will
suffer a depressive episode during their lifetimes. There are more teenagers that suffer
from depression than adults. Four percent of all teens are diagnosed as clinically
depressed. People say that it is normal for teenagers to be moody. They say that teens
don't suffer from real depression. People who don't think that teens could suffer from
depression are wrong, depression can affect people of any age, race, ethnic or economic
group. One out of every twenty-five teens suffers from depression.

Depression can be very serious. It has been noted that depression can be linked to poor
school performance, alcohol and drug abuse, running away, and feelings of worthlessness
and hopelessness. Over the past twenty-five years, researchers have found that the rate of
suicide among teenagers and young adults has increased dramatically. Suicide is often
linked to depression. Some say that talking about depression only makes it worse. The
truth is that talking to someone about your feelings can help you realize that
professional help is needed. By showing concern and support, you can encourage someone to
talk to a trusted person.

Depression is treatable. Between eighty and ninety percent of people with depression can
be helped. For the more serious cases of depression antidepressant medications and
psychotherapies can be used. For the milder, less serious cases, psychotherapy may be
enough by itself. Antidepressants are used for symptom relief and psychotherapy is used to
learn more effective ways to deal with everyday problems through talking. In most cases
psychotherapy is done in ten to twenty week sessions. Therapists focus on the patients'
disturbed personal relationships. In cases where the patients' symptoms don't progress
with in the ten to twenty weeks, the sessions will continue until the symptoms
significantly improve.
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