My psychology teacher said this essay was extremely well written. So maybe it will help.
Depression are feelings of sadness, hopelessness, pessimism,
and a general loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of
reduced emotional well-being. Most people experience these feelings
occasionally, often as a normal response to a particular event.
However, if the depression occurs without any apparent cause,
deepens, and persists, it may be a symptom of a wide range of
psychiatric illnesses. When a person's behavior and physical state are
also affected, it then becomes part of a true depressive illness.
Symptoms vary with the severity of the illness. In a person
with mild depression, the main symptoms are anxiety and a variable
mood. Sometimes he or she has fits of crying that occur for no
apparent reason. A person with more serious depression may suffer
from loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, loss of interest enjoyment in
social activities, feelings of tiredness, and loss of concentration.
Moving and thinking may become slow.
Usually, a true depressive illness has no single obvious cause. It
may be triggered by certain physical illnesses, by hormonal disorders,
or by the hormonal changes that occur after childbirth. Some drugs,
including the birth control pill and sleeping pills, are contributing
factors. If the depression is a part of a manic-depressive illness,
inheritance may play a part, since this illness tends to run in families.
There are three main forms of treatment for depression,
depending on the type of severity of the illness.
Psychotherapy, whether individual or in a group, is most useful
for those people whose personality and life experiences are the main
causes of their illness. Many different types of therapy are available,
ranging from an informal, purely practical approach to
problem-solving, to the more...