A niece of mine had been diagnosed with a mood disorder when she expercied the death of a close classmate at the age of 16. She exhibited all the signs of a major depressive episode depressed mood for most of the day, nearly every day had lost interest and pleasure in all, or almost all, activities, for at least two weeks. She slept most of the time over a two week period, than she tried to kill herself, by taking a whole bottle of aspirin. Suicide lead to her hospitalization for a little over 3 months. Major Depression can display multiple symptoms, sometimes a person may not be capable of identifying them, but when the symptoms are all added together they can create significant issues. Some people experience severe symptoms that are easily identified. Overall, the extent of the symptoms and issues can vary greatly depending on each individual. Ignoring signs and symptoms of depression can cause great damage to the individual suffering and can eventually lead to acting out. Amongst some of the symptoms experienced by people suffering from major depression are: suicidal thoughts, anger and frustration, psychosomatic illnesses, any significant change in appetite, inability to interact normally or at all in social settings, problems with sleeping patterns, and any other significant change that can be related to depression.
In the hospital she was treated with medication and counseling. At first she didn’t want anyone to visit her that lasted a little over a month. When we would go see her she would just sit there in a daze not saying a word, after a while she began to open up and become her normal self till the last 2 weeks she was so ready to come home. The day of her release we received her with open arms and it has been smooth sailing since. Depression is a sensitive subject you have to treat the person with care because a person can go from zero to sixty in a matter of minutes.
Today anyone can say they have a mood disorder to get a hold of the medications used for treatment. Many young people are abusing these medications but it is not reported as a bad thing many are using it to stay up later to study and become more focus with their work. The pills can be taking in many forms, some crush the pills to smoke or snort the powder and in extreme cases they inject it intravenously to achieve a more rapid, intense high. Studies show an estimated 3 to 10 percent U.S. college students, more men than women use stimulants and antidepressants to stay awake. The use of antidepressants is going to become a growing problem across the country in years to come.