Depression Depression is a treatable illness that has affected millions of Americans each year. It is an illness in which the brain's chemicals, neurotransmitters, become imbalanced. Many people think that a person can just "snap out" of it, but the truth is, the chemical imbalance can only be treated with therapy and medicine. Some people have depression more than others. For mild cases, depression can be treated by simply talking about how you feel and about the things that affect a person's life. Severe cases are a bit difficult. Many can become catatonic, physical sick, and extremely ill because of their depression. For severe cases, a person will be medicated and therapy is needed. A person may even be committed to a mental facility so that others can monitor them more closely for their own safety and the safety of others. Depression is now being linked to genetics. It's not something that you can "catch" from others and it isn't something shameful. Everyone hits bottom sometimes, and sometimes you hit bottom harder than others. Depression can be from a traumatic event, hormones, change in health, illness, or drugs. People who suffer from depression are not just sad, they are lost. They will have long periods of unhappiness and may even become very different. They may become violent and angered or they could become a mop and helpless. You can tell when someone's depressed because they begin to carry themselves differently. They will slouch, become indecisive, and will withdraw from close friends and family. Depression doesn't allow lead to hurtful thoughts or suicide. A person can be depressed without going that far. However, most people who get depressed think about suicide at one point. This is when a person needs the most support. No matter how hard they will try to pull away from you, make sure that you let them know that you care about them. This is the only advice that friends and family should try. As for treatment, the person has to want to change their life before therapy and medicine will help. Remember, the person who suffers from depression has to reach out to recover.
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