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					Title:
The Great Depression

Word Count:
631

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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