There are over 900 pages in the DSM-5, containing all of the mental disorders known to man. (APA, 2013, 165).One of those disorders is a severe case of depression known as “Major Depressive Disorder” or Major Depression. Major Depression currently affects 14.8 million adults in the United States alone. (APA, 2013, 165).Most adults that are diagnosed with major depressive disorder seek medical treatment or therapy. However, every year more than 1 million people commit suicide either before treatment kicks in or before seeking treatment.(APA, 2013, 165). Seung-Hui Cho was one adult with major depressive disorder that killed 33 people before taking his own life instead of seeking treatment.
Seung-Hui Cho was born in South Korea on January 18, 1984. (BBC News, 2007). Living in South Korea for only eight years, until his father decided to seek better opportunity in the United States. (Chang, 2007) Cho’s family lived in Detroit, MI in a South Korean community for the first chapter of their American lives. (BBC News, 2007). A few members of Cho’s family in South Korea were worried about him, saying that he seemed “Mentally ill,” and requested that he be tested for autism; Cho’s mother refused. (Kleinfield, 2007) The family soon moved to Centreville, VA after learning they had a large Asian population. (Ferenc, 2007). Throughout school, Cho was noted for excelling in math and English areas of study, and completed the elementary school’s three year program in just one and a half years. (BBC News, 2007). Students at Virginia Tech described Cho as a “quiet and backward guy.” A fellow student, Julie Poole, said that when it was Cho's turn to introduce himself, in literature class, he did not speak. (Reid, 2007). According to Poole, the professor looked at the sign-in sheet and found that, where everyone else had written out their names, Cho had written only a question mark. (Reid, 2007). Poole added that "we just really knew him as the question mark kid.” (Reid, 2007). It...
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