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There are two main symptoms that are currently used to diagnose depression and these include low mood or persistent sadness on a daily basis along with the loss of interest in life. Other criteria that may be present include worthlessness, fatigue, psychomotor agitation, recurrent thoughts of death and changes in appetite.
According to the above mentioned criteria it is easy to realize why one may easily feel he or she needs treatment for depression despite the fact that his or her condition may be a part of normal human emotions. The diagnostic criteria are not independent to critically patients and may be observed in normal individuals. The media however and pharmacological companies have seen the potential industry and aim to take full advantage. Advertisements and other media factors utilized by these companies have made people of today feel the urgency to quickly seek treatment for just temporary bad moods as they have been brainwashed with the thought of depression.
This has been widely analyzed by various individuals including academic professionals and psychologists. An example is Dr. Greenberg, the psychotherapist himself, has suffered from episodes of depression (Greenberg, 22-30).Therefore, this gives him a broader perspective both as a doctor and a patient to critically analyze this industry in a very accurate way. He wrote a book entitled Manufacturing Depression which illustrates the role patients, drug companies and doctors have played in exaggerating depression to the extent of it becoming as common as a common cold.
The debate lies in the fact that only 20 years after antidepressants were manufactured, doctors have created the illusion that sadness which is common in every individual is best explained by an illness known as depression. 14 million American citizens have been diagnosed with major depression annually whilst 3 million are diagnosed with the minor form in the same timeframe. In addition, it is estimated that approximately 30,000,000 Americans are prescribed antidepressants annually which sums up to a cost of approximately $10 billion. Greenberg has argued against and depicted it as a scam by doctors and pharmaceutical companies. He based this argument on the fact that he himself had been part of a clinical trial and also researched extensively on trials elsewhere (Greenberg, 22-30). He discovered that the antidepressant treatment and very little effect and in fact had similar results to the placebo. He does not undermine the devastating effects of depression but opposes the approach which doctors and pharmaceutical companies have taken towards the condition (Greenberg, 22-30
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This research aims to evaluate and present the most intimidating symptoms of depression such as inaction, staying in the bed, melancholy. In serious cases people are not even able to get up and dress. When the patients with this mental disease are hospitalized they can even make an attempt of suicide.
According to the research findings depression can critically impair the ability of an individual to function in everyday situations. However, for persons with depression who obtain proper specialized care, recovery prospects are good. The improvement of this condition’s recognition as well as management is therefore a worthy goal.
The present research has identified that in modern medically advanced society, depression continues to plague the health of millions of individuals’ across the globe. In accordance with the latest statistics provided by the American Journal of Depression, the disorder is far mre common in females than in males regardless of the cross cultural differences.
The researcher states that a person with depression has to face difficulties in his/her daily activities and cannot perform daily functions in a normal and regular manner. Depression does not only affect a single individual, but also his/her family and friends. Depression is also associated with many chronic diseases and this can lead to high rates of mortality.
The methodology one adopts to tackle the situation depends on the intellect as well as prior experiences under certain circumstances the situation becomes tough and the individual cannot control the things. The things seem to recede away and here germinates the feeling of despair, anguish, hopelessness and distress together leading to depression.
Some people may mange their stresses judiciously whereas others fail to do so. Stress management failure often results in the development of negative thoughts which may lead towards depression like psychological diseases. Both heredity and environment play an important role in the making of a depressive person.
Depression is something much more than temporary blues. An individual suffering from depression is not able to enjoy life like he/she did when otherwise. Depression saps an individual’s interest in activities, outing and hanging around with friends and rather puts the individual into social exclusion.