Major Depressive Disorder

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Depression is a psychological condition that changes how you think, feel, and it also affects your social behavior and sense of physical wellness. It can make you feel like you low self-esteem and can cause self-depreciation. Depression is not feeling sad occasionally, it is a constant feeling of sadness that stays with you. If not treated it can affect the way you act, feel, and the way you think. It can also cause you to be more pessimistic towards family members, or friends. Depression is one of the most common psychological problems. It affects nearly everyone through either personal experiences or through depression in a family member. Every year about 17 million American adults experience a period of clinical depression. Depression has often led to suicide in many untreated cases.

Major depressive disorder, sometimes referred to as unipolar depression, describes a leading disruptive mental state which effects about 10-20 percent of the world's population in the course of a lifetime.

This disorder must be regarded as a significantly important state, as it strikes its victim psychologically, socially and sometimes even physically, impairing normal daily behavior.

Out of the many mental illnesses that have either arose or been discovered, depression has the longest background in history. Societies and cultures throughout the ages have noticed depression, classifying it as an illness, as a symptom to a disease, as insanity, unaware as to why the despondency and mournfulness had come about or what to do to alleviate this state from its victim.

Major depressive disorder is a common disorder affecting both women and men, though depression is more frequent in women than in men, with a striking lifetime prevalence of approximately 15 percent. In fact, there are some studies which suggest that for women, the lifetime prevalence of clinical depression could be as...