Depression And Its Societal Stigmas Essay

648 words - 3 pages

Depression is a psychiatric condition that receives a lot of negative stigma. Most of society believes that this condition is a glorified sad state and is something that their friends and family would never have. They believe this condition is not a serious one and is simply an emotion someone is having at the moment. As I will explain, all of these beliefs are misconceptions that have caused society to view depression negatively, as just a mood such as happiness or sadness.

By definition, depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and lost of interest. (1) It affects how you feel, think, behave, and can lead to multiple emotional or physical problems. (1) ...view middle of the document...

In fact, depression has been reported to occur an estimated one in ten American adults. (3) Society’s belief that this illness is not a serious one has had a detrimental effect on those suffering from depression. Already having feelings of worthlessness, these depressed individuals are more reluctant to discuss their illness with others because people are not sympathetic towards those who suffer from depression and do not take the illness seriously. Since depression does not have just a biological cause and treatment, such as diabetes or asthma, it is often discarded as just a psychological problem and not a biological phenomenon. This, in turn, causes depressed individuals to conform to what society beliefs are and causes them to regard this illness as something that is not important or potentially dangerous.

Although regarded in society as a glorified feeling of melancholy, depression is a psychiatric illness that is just as serious as post-traumatic stress disorder, drug...

Find Another Essay On Depression and its Societal Stigmas

Brain Activity In Depression and How Therapy Alters Its States

1812 words - 8 pages Depression is a state of despondency marked by feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness. Clinical depression goes by many names depression, "the blues," biological depression, major depression. But it all refers to the same thing: feeling sad and depressed for weeks or months on end (not just a passing blue mood). Depression reflects a sad and/or irritable mood exceeding typical grief or sorrow. Furthermore, such sadness of depression is

"The Ku Klux Klan" And its role during the aftermath of the Great Depression

993 words - 4 pages "The Original Ku Klux Klan was created in an 1865 meeting in a law office by six Confederate veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee"(World Book Encyclopedia). "The name was taken from the Greek work Kuklos meaning (circle) and was originally intended to undermine the Republican government leaders re-constructive efforts in the south in 1867."( Encarta Encyclopedia 2003) This work towards ending discrimination against African Americans , Jews, and

Eradicating Social Factors Associated with Mental Illness

1291 words - 6 pages Institute of Mental Health 2008). These social forces cloud our thoughts, produce judgmental viewpoints, and ultimately generate obstacles for treatment. Our society can improve this situation by changing how mental illness is portrayed in the media and society, how mental illness is treated in our medical system, and how people learn about mental illness in our educational system. If we can make changes with these forces, the stigmas faced by the

Taking the Pill Depression and

1204 words - 5 pages Taking the Pill: Depression and Social Stigma Depression is widespread in today's society and is called 'the common cold of mental health problems.' But despite its prevalence, people are wary about the use of a pill in order to chase the blues away. Some even liken anti-depressants to Soma as depicted in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Soma is the perfect pleasure drug that provides a mindless, inauthentic happiness, which makes people

Chapter 11 Assignment

1025 words - 5 pages Depression: Out of the Shadows #1-17 Depression: Out of the Shadows (2008), is a PBS documentary addressing depression, its effects on the human psyche, and treatment options. Depression affects people differently, depending on the severity and type of depression experienced. There are several different types of depression, ranging from mild depression, which is only experienced over short periods of time, teen depression, experienced during

Societal Norms and Masturbation

999 words - 4 pages describe it as a “great form of intrapersonal communication” (Daniels) especially with a partner. One of masturbation’s most beneficial consequences is its potential to “relieve depression and lead to a higher sense of self worth” (Wells). If more people were to become educated on these benefits due to masturbation and overcome the stigma associated with it, then our society could live in a healthier, more enjoyable and positive environment

Balance, Not Burnout - College - Essay

737 words - 3 pages high parental aspirations, parents and teachers, society stigmas, students are under too much pressure to attend college. Works Cited Peer, Justin W., Stephen B. Hillman, and Emma Van Hoet, “The Effects of Stress On the Lives of Emerging Adult College Students: An exploratory Analysis.” Adultspan 14.2 (2015): 90-93. Web. 05 Oct. 2016. TEDx Talks. “Shedding Light on Student Depression” YouTube. 03. Jan. 2015. Web. 05 Oct 2016. Trudeau, Michelle. “School, Study, SATs: No Wonder Teens Are Stressed.” NPR, Accessed 05 Oct. 2016

Exploring Suicide

3533 words - 14 pages family, and one?s social life. There are as many potential causes of depression as there are people who suffer it. Depression is most often experienced as a depressed mood, which may sometimes be related to some recent, notable event, which occurred in one?s life. In a society where there are many stigmas and ignorance regarding mental illness, a person who feels suicidal may fear that other people will think they are ?crazy? if they tell them how

Depressions Hurts Differently for Each Sufferer

924 words - 4 pages a teen’s depression deserves attention and treatment, not the shrug of shoulders or the turn of a back. Why do such few teenagers receive treatment? The answer to this question lies in the comfort level of both the adolescents and their parents in acknowledging that depression is a disease that requires treatment in order to successfully control the symptoms. Yet, despite the research, several stigmas and prejudices exist concerning depression

Functions of Public Relations

692 words - 3 pages The purpose of this paper is to exam the organizational and societal functions of PR for Wal-Mart and identify an issue that has implications on both areas and explain how it could be better addressed. Theoretically, there are two ways to describe an organization. One is in terms of its organization functions such as media relations, and employee relations or community relations. The other is a societal theoretical approach for the organization

Jane Austen: An Analysis of Sense and Sensibility

1552 words - 6 pages during this time period included the elite, middle-landowning class, and the poor. The elite were in charge of the estates and the family’s societal status, while middle-landowning class generally worked that land. In the poorer classes there are usually more women required to work to support the family. In Sense and Sensibility, Austen wrote many instances where societal behavior and stigmas caused many problems within the story’s plot

Similar Essays

Offshoring From A Societal Viewpoint And Its Impact On Canada

3154 words - 13 pages judgments regarding the righteousness of offshoring from different perspectives, its impact on stakeholders must first be evaluated. Stakeholders and why it is an issue The very existence of offshoring is in and of itself evidence that, at least in most cases, it is advantageous for firms to engage in offshoring. However, as is the case with most business activities, its externalities can affect various stakeholder groups in both positive and negative

Depression And Its Negative Effects On An Older Adult

1847 words - 8 pages Depression and its negative effects on an older adult By the year 2045, the number of adults’ ages sixty years and older will increase significantly in comparison to a person who is fifteen years of age or younger (Touhy, Jett, Boscart, & McCleary, 2012). Therefore, a large percentage of people seeking medical attention and support in the future will be the older adult. Presently, there are many health related issues and conditions that plague

An Analysis Of Depression And Its Role In The Rising Cases Of Teen Suicide Essay

1182 words - 5 pages Teen Suicide The deep depression felt by teenagers who often take their own life is a worrying trend that affects both urban and rural youth. Their behavior is similar to that of adults depression (loss of sleep, anxiety, despair, guilt, and loss of appetite), but teen depression may show its self-more indirectly. Mike Miller, a researcher into youth suicide, sites the obvious symptoms such as; day dreaming, acting as the class clown, the

Depression And Its Causes Essay

2595 words - 11 pages philosophy) (Rogers and Pilgrim, 2010, p.2). One of the most widespread mental health disorder in the UK, is mixed anxiety and depression (Mental Health Foundation, 2013). According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2011, p.6), depression is a disorder that can be caused by a combination of factors for example, biological, social, psychological, genetic and environmental factors. However, there have been longstanding theories which