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  1. Depression, a state of being
  2. The symptoms of depression
  3. The causes of depression
  4. Treatment for depression

Mental and emotional health is a factor that is often ignored and overlooked in our society. It is seen as unimportant, when it is in fact one of the most important components to achieving and living a healthy life. Many people consider mental and emotional health to be an optional part of caring for someone's health. It is because of this that many people overlook depression and how serious it can be. People will offhandedly say "I'm depressed" or "this is depressing" to describe a sad situation. But depression is something far more serious than simple sadness; it is a disease.

[...] The explain the biological causes of depression, one must go to the brain. There are many chemical processes that occur in our human brain. Every second there are messages being sent all around our brain regulating what we do. Some of these chemical messages include chemicals that regulate our mood and emotions. Serotonin, for example, is a chemical that regulates mood. It has been observed that the brain chemistry in depressed people is different than in a brain in a chemically balanced brain. [...]

[...] This, however, might not be the most effective way of treatment for depression if a chemical imbalance is present. The way a depressed person can combat a chemical imbalance occurring in their brain is with regulation, by their doctor or psychiatrist, with SSRI's, otherwise known and referred to as Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors. What these medications do is give the depressed person's brain the serotonin, dopamine, or nor-epinephrine that their brain is not providing them. Keeping in mind that the person probably doesn't want to be on these medications to function for the rest of their lives, these SSRI's have something in them called a re-uptake. [...]

[...] The symptoms of depression are mostly internal and not always observable. Insight and honesty is key for people so that they can tell that something is wrong and that they are depressed. Depression, if left unnoticed and untreated, can get worse and is less likely to go away with just time. The symptoms of depression have the potential to majorly disrupt a person's life if left untreated. The National Institute of Mental Health lists a variety of signs and symptoms that depression can cause. [...]

[...] Every year about of men and of women experience depressive episodes. Depression is seen worldwide, in every culture and society. How seriously the society takes the illness, however, determines how well the mentally ill and depressed are taken care of and treated. Whether it is in an individualist culture (e.g. America, United Kingdom, etc . ) or a collectivist culture (e.g. Japan, China, India, etc . depression is not taken seriously by the majority of the populous. Some see it as a weakness, non-existent, or they simply misunderstand it. [...]

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