“That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.”(Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation) Throughout the nation and our world people are suffering from this disease. Depression affects females and males, all ages, and all backgrounds. Depression has become so common, is affecting people from ethnic groups to different professions, it greatly impacts people’s lives. Many of us have had a bad day, or days were we just feel so sad and hopeless. Imagine feeling like that for a week, months and even escalate to years! Yes this is how depression feels, is like a black cloud on top of your head that never goes away. I was diagnose with Major Depressive Disorder in the year of 2011, this diagnose made me start looking into books and resources on the Internet to inform myself about depression. In my research I would explain and focus on the three most common disorders. Witches are Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. This brief research will help you understand Depression better; it would be a help to you and a help to others. In the future you can easily be alert incase you start feeling sad and hopeless, you will know when you need to seek help professional help. First lets start off by defining Depression. Depression is a condition of mental disturbance, typically with lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest in life. This disease is caused by an unbalanced of Neurotransmitters in the brain; this unbalanced in the brain causes people to feel sad, gloomy and hopeless. The disease is directly associated with unbalanced chemicals present in the brain. As we all know the human brain is a gigantic messaging system, which controls everything from heartbeat to the breathing, skin functions, organs and reflexes. The brain is made of millions of nerve cells called neurons. These neurons send and receive messages from rest of your body through neurotransmitters present in the brain. These brain cells are responsible for emotional states of human beings. When an unbalanced chemical reaction occurs in the brain cells the messages are not delivered correctly and disrupt the communication resulting in causing depression. People suffering from depression say, "it is a black curtain of despair coming down over their lives" (depression.com/depression_basics.html). This feeling of worthlessness and despair often takes the patient to a point of no return where he could only think about ending the worthless life by committing suicide (http://ezinearticles.com). MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER A common disorder that affects millions of people every year is Major Depressive Disorder or MDD. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV); a person who suffers from this disorder must have a depressed mood, or have lost interest in things that would have normally brought them pleasure; for a minimum of two weeks. This must be different then the person's normal behaviors, and it may not be caused by a general medical condition. (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) In a medical way we would say that depression is an illness that affects the whole body caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain or in some case is hereditary. On the other hand some seem to believe that Depression is just a simple combination of social, biological, emotional, psychological, and economical influences that cause the person to crash down and associate it with an illness but Depression is more then just feeling “Blue”, depression isn't a weakness, nor is it something that you can simply "snap out" of. Depression is a chronic illness that usually requires long-term treatment, like diabetes or high blood pressure. But don't...
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