I remember hearing stories when I was a child of how my mothers’ mind was possessed by demons. In this day of age some people still believe these old folk tales. I also remember a story of how my father would take my mother to a “curandera” where they would perform rituals in order to have the demons leave her mind and soul. The passing of my father when I was 5 years old triggered my mothers’ bipolar disorder to go into full effect. Thanks to medical advances she was diagnosed correctly by a true medical doctor so she will now be on anti-psychotic medication for the rest of her life. This paper will discuss mental illness and the different ways it affects peoples’ everyday activities. The way a person speaks, their behavior and their lives depend of the type of mental health they have. Mental health is key to a successful life. Feeling sad is a normal human emotion at some point in peoples life. It is normal to be sad over a breakup, failing a class, or the death of someone close to you. Most people will overcome the feeling of sadness as time passes by. Others experience depression, which is a combination of feelings like extreme sadness, discouragement, despair and hopelessness that can lasts weeks or months. The number of people that experience depression is on the rise. Rubins stated the following:
In 2007, slightly less that 3 out of every 100 people in the U.S. were treated for depression. This compares to about 2 per 100 in 1997 and less than 1 per 100 in 1987. The data indicate that the percentage of people treated for depression tripled in the early 1990s with a more modest increase in the early 2000 era. About 8.7 million people in this country received medical treatment for depression in 2007 compared to about 6.5 million in 1997. (p.1) There are many different ways a person can show signs of depression. Depression affects a persons’ mood and emotions. It also changes their way of thinking, therefore causing changes in a persons’ behavior and speech communication. Some people with depression feel guilty, unworthy or rejected. Others may have an ongoing feeling of irritability, anger or may be easily annoyed. A person with depression may experience negative thoughts which will make a person think things will never get better or that nothing matters. It can also make the person believe they are worthless and that no one loves them. This can eventually lead to them thinking of harming themselves or about committing suicide. Depression can also cause a person to feel exhausted and have little motivation to do things. Another side effect of depression is that it can also make it hard to concentrate so it might be hard to complete things like schoolwork or chores. Depression also affects the physical human body. In some people it may cause stomach problems, loss of appetite, headaches and have trouble sleeping. People with depression may also become withdrawn from their social circle of friends thus causing an increased feeling of loneliness. Depression can also be confused for having a bad attitude. This happens when depressed people do not realize they are depressed. This occurs because people are hard on themselves so they think of themselves as a failure, a quitter or a loser even when in reality depression is making them have these negative feelings.
Depression is caused by different factors like inherited traits from a family member who may have had depression, or living in a difficult family environment. Depression may also be the result of having a stressful life, sexual abuse or the loss of a family member.
Nordqvist stated the following:
Magnetic resonance imaging has shown that the brain of a person with depression looks different, compared to the brain of a person who has never had depression. The areas of the brain that deal with thinking, sleep, mood, appetite and behavior do not appear to function normally. There are also indications that neurotransmitters appear to be out of balance. (p.1) Being...
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