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Slant: Depression is a common and highly treatable disorder that affects over 17-20 million Americans annually. It is next to cardiovascular diseases in terms of mortality. Depression is also the leading reason for suicide cases in the United States. Depression however can almost always be successfully treated once identified. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis and under-treatment is common especially within the African American community. (www.Nami.org)
One sentence description of your article: Healthcare providers as well as Americans need to understand and recognize signs and symptoms of depression so that it can be detected earlier for effective intervention and treatment.
Myrna M. Weissman, PhD, and Mark Olfson, MD, MPH: Depression in US Hispanics: Diagnostic and Management Considerations in Family Practice: Journal of American Board of Family Practice, July-August 2005, vol. 18 no 4.
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Julie had shared that she is frightened by what is happening as she had already experienced two serious incidences of depression, during ages 18 and 30, wherein each depressive episode consisted of suicide attempts. The patient shared that the onset of her depression initially occurred when she failed to get good grades in her A levels when she was 18 years of age, thus resulting in her not being admitted at a University to study as a veterinarian.
The researcher describes depression as simply as feeling blue, and hence we often come across periods when we are depressed. It is a period when the person feels lonely, angry, there’s anxiety about the situation, the person is sad, does not feel like doing anything, the thoughts can range from being suicidal to being revengeful.
Researchers have produced copious amount of literature in order to highlight the various issues faced by clients suffering from depression and based on the findings covered in the literature, substance abuse is by far the biggest problem that individual suffering from depression experience.
Depression was initially recognized as melancholia disorder, which became common during the ancient or the medieval period. It became well recognized as clinical depression or simply depression and it has been for a long time linked with stress. Depression is among the most widespread psychological diseases affecting many people globally.
The definition of depression has defined differently in different cultures and has been accompanied extreme pain and headaches. The etiological factors of the disease are not well defined, however, there have been some researches linking depression to genetic and epigenetic factors (Beck & Alford, 2009).
We also find these characteristics in depression today (Nestler et al., 2002). As per the estimation and based on epidemiological data 2-5% of U.S. population is suffering from severe form of depression while 20% have mild form of diseases (Eric J. Nestler, 2002).
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Thus, amalgamating information from various articles that details the findings of research conducted on depression among the elderly presents one of the major ways of getting information about the disorder.
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