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Depression

What Is Depression?

 

Some 15 million Americans struggle with depression—an illness that comes in many forms—from major depression and seasonal affective disorder, to dysthymia and bipolar disorder. Depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her.

A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better.

Depression, even the most severe cases, is a highly treatable disorder. As with many illnesses, the earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.

 

10 responses to “Depression

  1. Gregory Peeples

    August 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I do have some symptoms of depression but I still enjoy life at times. Some time I remember where I came from and get happy, other times idgaf about life.

     
    • Annoymous

      August 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      Well it’s good that you feel happy at some points.

       
  2. Jeffrey Stribling

    August 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I don’t have depression but bipolar depression. It sucks. I’ve tried to kill my self before, but it didn’t work. I’m off and on.

     
    • Gregory Peeples

      August 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      Thats tough ): Did you see if there are any bipolar controlling medicines? They won’t work completely but they do help (sometimes, from what I’ve heard)

       
  3. Jeffrey Stribling

    August 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    No. I want it to go away, but I will not see a docter. I refuse.

     
  4. Joshua Zamora

    August 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    If you want it to be better, you’ll need to see a doctor.

     
  5. Jeffrey Stribling

    August 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Why does it matter if I die anyway? No one would care :\

     
    • Gregory Peeples

      August 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Showing negativity will get you no where but even more depression..

       
  6. Joshua Zamora

    August 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I’m positive that your family/friends/us will care.

     
  7. Anonymous

    August 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    If you really think you should be treated with depression, you would have already looked for help from a doctor. Most of the times, it’s just the downside of life. You’ll get fine over time.

     

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