Depression

By: Autumn Couch

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mental illness, it's not a weakness. It can be caused by something horrific or being sad all the time.

Body System Affected

  • Nervous System

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

  • Lack of energy
  • Decreased interest in activities
  • Decreased in appetite
  • Lack of sleep
  • Self harm

What are the Causes of Depression?

  • Genetics
  • Physical factors
  • Break ups
  • Something horrific
  • Being sad all the time

What are some Treatments for Depression?

  • Medication (Such as Zoloft)
  • Counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Exercise

What does this mental illness affect?

Who is most likely to have this illness?



  • Depression often starts with people ages 30-40
  • Later between ages 45-60 depression peaks
  • Women are twice as likely to get depression as men
  • African Americans, Hispanics
  • Divorced singles
  • People with less then a high school diploma
  • People who are unemployed
  • People who have no health insurance
  • 15% of people will have severe depression at some point in their lives

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The Science of Depression

Citations

"Depression." NIMH RSS. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. <http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml#part3>.

"Depression." NIMH RSS. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. <http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml#part3>.

"Depression Physical Effects: Weight Gain, Fatigue, Pain, Insomnia." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 19 Jan. 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/depression/how-depression-affects-your-body>.

"Depression Slideshow: Emotional Symptoms, Physical Symptoms, Depression Types, and More." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/depression/ss/slideshow-depression-overview>.

"An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 Mar. 2011. Web. 20 Jan. 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/>.

"An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 Mar. 2011. Web. 19 Jan. 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/>.