Depression Disorders – Introduction

A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughtsA depressive disorder is a profound or persistent feeling of sadness, despair or worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities.

A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her.

It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most people who experience it need treatment to get better. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.

Depressive disorders come in different forms, just as is the case with other illnesses such as heart disease. However, within these types there are variations in the number of symptoms as well as their severity and persistence.

Major depression is manifested by a combination of symptoms (see symptom list) that interfere with the ability to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. Such a disabling episode of depression may occur only once but more commonly occurs several times in a lifetime.

A complex mind/body illness, depression disorders can be treated with drugs and/or therapy.

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I used a portion of the article in Psychology Today

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