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Do you know anyone who is seriously depressed? You may be surprised to learn that it affects more people than you think. This illness affects people physically and mentally. Persons of any country, race, colour, age, or gender are susceptible to developing it. No one is immune. Depression has been around longer than most people think, but only now, newer and better ways are being used to help treat this serious condition. Statistics show ten to twenty-five percent of women and five to twelve percent of men will likely become clinically depressed. "Almost 3 million Canadians have serious depression but less than one-third seek help"1 Clinical depression is more than feeling the "blues" or having temporary feelings of sadness. Depression affects the way a person eats, sleeps, works and how that person feels about himself/herself. People with this illness cannot all of a sudden snap out of it and get better, it takes treatment, and if no treatment is sought than symptoms can last for a very long time. "Depression not only causes suffering to those who are depressed, but it also causes great difficulty for their family and friends who often do not know how to help."2 In Canada alone, the estimated economic cost of depression was over fourteen billion dollars each year. ...read more.


Also researchers believe that our behaviour can affect our brain chemistry and our brain chemistry can affect our behaviour. Another suspected cause is the Endocrine System. It is found that people who have particular endocrine disorders sometimes develop depression. One theory about genetics is very common. Researchers have noticed that people who have a family history of depressive illness are more vulnerable to developing depression. People who do not have a family history of it, can still likely develop depression. Once someone has been found to have symptoms related to the types of depression, a diagnostic evaluation is needed. Mental health professionals and physicians take their time to correctly evaluate a person. The physician must gather as much possible information about the person before they can decide whether the person is going through a sad period, (or has some other medical condition) or is clinically depressed. The evaluation should include the history of symptoms, i.e., when they started, whether or not the person has experienced them before, how long they last, etc. After this has been recorded, the physician must make a mental examination on the person, to check if the speech or thought patterns or memory have been affected. The choice of treatment depends on the final results of the evaluation. ...read more.


It is only when the person starts to feel a bit better that they are more likely to make an attempt. It was found that up to fifteen percent of those who are severely depressed die by suicide. Forty-five to sixty four percent of people who committed suicide had major/severe depression. There is a way to prevent suicide though. Suicide prevention programs are more likely to succeed if they focus on identifying and treating the mental illness or substance abuse. In conclusion I find that this disorder is very hard to recognize, because some of the symptoms may be similar to those that we see everyday. Depression is widespread and is becoming more common. It is important to understand depression and what to do if you or someone you know has it. I found that the most important thing to do if you suspect you are severely depressed, is to see a physician, who can give you a proper diagnosis and treatment. Also I found that early prevention can help in reducing your risk of developing depression. Future research will undoubtedly bring new methods of recognition and treatment to those who suffer from this disorder. DEPRESSION By, Andrew Roberts HSP3M1-01 APS Jan 06,2004 Ms.Chong Table of Contents Introduction pg.1 What Depression Is pg.1 Visual Aid pg.2 Types of Depression pg.2 Symptoms pg.3 Causes pg.4 Diagnostic Evaluation pg.4 Treatment pg.5 Medication pg.6 Suicide pg.7 Conclusion pg.8 Bibliography pg. ...read more.

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