Essay by Matt LucasHigh School, 11th grade February 1997

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Depression, it is defined by Webster's Unabridged Edition Dictionary as: in psychology, an emotional condition, either normal or pathological, characterized by discouragement, a feeling of inadequacy, etc. Also as being gloomy; dejected; sad.

Depression is the most treatable mental illness, yet the twenty- four million people caught in it's downward spiral each year may feel so isolated that they never seek help. But life can be joyous again, as those who have been fully treated know.

There are many different ways to get help, the two major ways are Psychoanalysis and Psychopharmacology.

Psychoanalysis is defined by Webster's Unabridged Edition Dictionary as: a method developed by Freud and others, of treating neuroses and some other disorders of the mind.

When you undergo psychoanalysis you go to see a psychoanalyst around three times a week and you discuss your feelings and thoughts. It is a very long process.

Psychopharmacology is a combination of psychoanalysis and medications.

These doctors believe that the problem is a chemical imbalance in the brain. They treat you by giving you certain medicines and talking to you about your thoughts. Some examples of the medicines are Prozac, Elavil, Sinequan, Trofranil, and Norpramin. These medicines have certain chemicals that will replace the certain chemicals that your brain is missing. The most widely used and known medicine is Prozac. It costs $1.60 per capsule , but it is the most effective medicine.

I suggest that if you are one of the people that think they are suffering or are suffering from depression but don't seek help should go see somebody, a doctor counselor, or even a family member, because it could become worse and may lead to other problems. Don't become another statistic.