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Depression is one of the most common psychological problems affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through depression in a family member The cost in human suffering cannot be estimated Depression can interfere with normal functioning and frequently causes problems with work social and family adjustment It causes pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder but also to those who care about them Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the depressed personDepression is a psychological condition that changes the way you think and feel and also affects your social behavior and sense of physical well-being We have all felt sad at one time or another or have felt stressed out from work or serious problems This is not depression because these feelings usually pass in a few days or weeks However once these feelings linger intensify and begin to interfere with normal everyday life it may be depression It can affect anyone Once identified most people with depression are successfully treated Many times unfortunately depression is not diagnosed because it can mimic physical illnesses such as sleep or appetite disorders Recognizing it is the first step in treating it The debate between nature and nurture is very common in all aspects of psychology It concerns the contributions of biology and experience Depression can be both a thought disorder and a brain disorder In this paper I will discuss the nature and nurture sides of depression as well as offering my own perspective on the two sidesI will begin first with the nature side since our genes are with us from conception and before any experiences we can have Some types of depression seem to run in families suggesting a biological vulnerability This seems to be the case with bipolar depression and to a lesser degree severe major depression Studies of families in which members of each generation develop bipolar disorder found that those with
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