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					Title: The Great Depression

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Summary: The article is about the different types of depression and some of the famous
personalities who suffered from depression. The article also mentions some of the
effective treatments and the specific challenges of having this emotional and
psychological disorder.


Keywords: depression, counseling


Article Body: Depression has always been a problem everybody has struggled to deal
with at one point of their lives or another. Approximately fifteen percent of Americans
have experienced it. Ninety percent of people of commit suicide have depression if not
other diagnosable mental disorder.

       It's natural to speak of how "depressed" people are. However, the occasional
       sadness everyone feels due to life's disappointments is very different from the
       serious illness caused by a brain disorder. Depression profoundly impairs the
       ability to function in everyday situations by affecting moods, thoughts, behaviors,
       and physical well-being. Manic depression, now more commonly known as
       bipolar disorder, is a condition where a person can be depressed and lethargic one
       minute, elated and overactive the next. Prominent figures such as Virginia
       Woolf, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, to name a few, have been
       clearly diagnoses with having such a condition.

       Virginia Woolf, the writer who came up with the famous novels: Mrs Dalloway,
       To the Lighthouse, and Orlando, was said to have had manic depression at an
       early age. She was driven to depression by incidents of deaths in the family and
       sexual abuse from her half brothers, After multiple breakdowns, she had been
       admitted to a nursing home to have people look after her. She was given
       antidepressants to get her to sleep. She attempted suicide by overdosing on her
       medication but was successfully revived. She recovered from her depression for
       some time, and when she felt that the dreaded condition is coming back, she tried
       to claim her life again. She finally succeeded by drowning herself.

       Winston Churchill, a prominent British politician and a Nobel Prize winning
       author, also suffered from depression. Earlier is his life, his father and several
       other relatives had died young and were diagnosed as manic depressives. He grew
       paranoid about ending up with his father's illness that it triggered his own
       depression. His depression was not as grave as that of his father's, but it affected
       him enough to not want to speak in front of the Parliament. He sought refuge in
       colors by painting.
Depression is brought about by many things. It can be hereditary, where the
depressive tendency runs in the family; drug-induced, caused by over-
consumption of depressants, or “downers”, which are chemical agents that
diminishes function or activity of a specific part of the body; or caused by external
factors such as pressure from work among other things.

Overcoming depression is better than just treating its symptoms. Many health
professionals encourage a combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy, but
studies show that medication is unnecessary if the sufferer receives the right sort
of help. Clinical diagnosis of symptoms is the initial steps required to determine
the level of depression the sufferer is experiencing. Psychotherapy for depression
wherein patients are explained the facts of their disease and how to cope with it
through counseling. During counseling sufferers will learn to cope with negative
emotions, identify and change how they think, improve their relationships with
others, and deal with their problems constructively. The underlying causes of the
depression will also be explored. it can be pursued in an individual, group,
couples, or family setting. This is not considered the most efficient therapy as it
sometimes makes the depression worse. If talk therapy doesn't work,
antidepressants are given to control the depression. It usually takes 4-6 weeks to
gain optimum effectiveness.

Depression is not something to be taken lightly. Some have died because of
uncontrollable, chronic depression. It may be just a simple case of the blues now,
but if it continues for no reason at all, and it starts disrupting the way you live, you
might have clinical depression. Like the quote says, “for every cloud there's a
silver lining,” so don't feel depressed for every little thing that goes wrong.

				
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