Mental Illness: Depression

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Mental Illness: Depression
Phill S. Reg
University of Phoenix Online
HCA 240
July 20, 2014

Mental Illness: Depression
Many American suffer from a form of mental illness. When you look at the statistics, it is quite alarming just how many Americans suffer from a mental illness. It is estimated that 26.2 percent of the American population from the ages of 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental illness (NIH, n.d). This is an astounding number to consider. If you do the math, that means that approximately 1 out of 4 Americans has a mental illness. We will discuss the mental illness of depression for this discussion. One of the most common mental illnesses in America is depression. A large number of Americans live with depression undiagnosed and untreated.
What is Depression? “Over 9 million American adults suffer from clinical depression each year” (Stanford School of Medicine, 2014). Why does depression affect so many people? Let us first define depression. Most people would probably consider depression as being sad. However, clinical depression goes much deeper than just feeling sad. “Depression is a persistent state that can significantly impair an individual's thoughts, behavior, daily activities, and physical health” (Stanford School of Medicine, 2014). People who are diagnosed with depression will usually receive psychological assistance as well as regular prescriptions of some sort.
The History of Depression “Melancholia” was the named that used to originally define depression. Ancient Mesopotamia was recorded of the first case of melancholia according to ancient Mesopotamian texts. During this period of time, the belief of mental illness was blamed on the individual of being demon possessed. Mental depression was historically thought to be a mental and spiritual condition and not physical. Thus, the priest or…...

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