Depression and Everything That Comes With It
Depression is something that most people will experience at some point in their life (Patterson, 1).It can be a result of an external or internal influence.Depression can last for minutes or years.There are many different kinds of depression that can strike at any time.Depression can make its victim cry or commit suicide.The goal of this paper is to explain the different kinds of depression, their different symptoms, different ways to deal with them, and other important information needed to understand this illness.
There are many different kinds of depression. The most inclusive type is termed major depression.The defining factor of major depression is that it "interferes with a person's ability to work, study, sleep, eat, and/or enjoy once pleasurable activities" (http://www.webmd.com/). This is the type of depression that most people will encounter in their life.Major depression has been found to be more prevalent in homosexuals because of their feelings of being unaccepted(202, Solomon).Major depression can be triggered by grief, interpersonal disputes, role transitions, interpersonal deficits, or nothing at all.Typical treatments include antidepressant medications and psychotherapy.
Another kind of depression is called Dysthymia.Dysthymia, or chronic depression, usually last for a substantial period of time (http://www.webmd.com/).The difference between Dysthymia and most other kinds of depression is that Dysthymia typically does not interfere with everyday life and functions.Symptoms of Dysthymia are the same as major depression, yet less strong, hence the ability to function adequately.These observable symptoms includedifficulty sleeping, loss of interest in oneself, feelings of guilt, loss of energy,difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite, mental and physical sluggishness, and thoughts of death or suicide (Solomon, 257…