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Every person in the world today endures some kind of a hardship Every misfortune is different one persons could take the form of divorce while anothers takes the form of a fatal illness In either case their trauma could lead to depression which in the long run can be more problematic Depression is one of the most prevalent problems in our modern society today To understand fully how and why depression affects people a little background is needed Depression is best defined as a psychiatric disorder in which a persons emotional state is marked by sadness inactivity and self-depreciation Depending on the source depression is not defined as an illness however most sources agrees that prolonged cases of depression can become a mental illness that affects everything one does Oddly enough most people do suffer from depression and develop a mental illness from it have a physical illness to keep it company Not everyone who is depressed seeks help or treatment therefor it isnt wholly possible to judge how widespread the condition is Researchers believe that in the United States today approximately 15 million people are severely depressed while one in six people suffer from mild depression 1981 Berger G These numbers merely represents the people who are brave enough to step forward and seek help This shows while depression is one most prevalent and one of the most expensive mental illnesses costing the government in excess of 27 billion dollars a year in lost work time it is also the most treatable of all mental illnesses 80 percent of 15 million people seek professional help such as drug treatment psychotherapy and electroshock therapy improve with in a few months to a year 1992 worsnap R L While hope exists for the people who suffer from severe depression ultimately they must take the first step and seek helpThe largest group afflicted with depression is that of young adults The teenage years are very stressful
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