Introduction to Depression

It is a common statement to hear that people are depressed but it may seem more than that. Depression is a very familiar psychological problem which affects almost everyone through personal experiences or other means. Annually, there are over 17 million cases of adults who undergo what is called "clinical depression".

What is even more tragic is that the cost of human suffering can never be measured because the extent of which a person is depressed can have far-reaching consequences and effects to the person. That is because depression may most likely cause an interference with normal functioning and will most probably cause complications within one’s social network.

The circles of influence that may be affected by this could be relatives, co-workers or one’s immediate family. This noteworthy disorder causes pain not only to the one who is primarily suffering of the condition but also those who are in the person’s circle of influence. It may destroy family life and ultimately, even the life of the depressed person. Its impact extends to cause tremendous mental, emotional and sometimes physical pain to the person when it is left untreated.

With regard to the direct impact that it causes to other people depression is responsible for disrupting millions of lives and it also negatively affects the lives of families and friends. When workers and employees are also depressed, their productivity is hampered and affected. It will either lead to absenteeism of will ultimately result to termination or resignation. Just on the country’s economy alone, depression is responsible for costing us an estimated $44 billion a year.

Depression is a psychological condition that essentially changes how a person feels and how that person thinks. It may inevitably affect one’s social behavior as well as sense of physical well-being. While the feeling of being sad is something that each person will go through in this lifetime, these feelings pass and people will be able to ultimately adjust to the stress that is presented to them. However, if these feelings linger and are intensified, they actually begin to interrupt the normal flow of work, school and family. If these feelings do not improve, it may be diagnosed as clinical depression.

There are times that individual symptoms may not be easily recognizable or these may be misdiagnosed. In any case, it is a condition that should be taken seriously either by those people who are experiencing it second-hand or by those people who are actually depressed themselves. However, if depression is diagnosed, identified and treated the person will be able to have a chance of returning back to normal. The difficult part is trying to find out whether one does have depression or not.

So, with the facts already presented here, one should be wary about depression because it may simply not be as prominent. And if depression does not get treated, it will most probably blossom into a much more hideous monster which one will have to deal with in the future.


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