Depression: A Continuing or Discontinuing Syndrome of Social Malfunction

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Depression is a disease that baffles even the patient and described quite well by Alpert (2004) as "That which was unintelligible to them, in the 20th century, became intelligible as one of those psychological misfortunes that befalls people, as a symptom, by definition unintelligible but, because it fulfills that qualification of a symptom or a psychological disturbance of some kind, it becomes intelligible." Most patients express dislike and wish with all their might to be able to be kept away from it as if depression was a plague.


Depression affects the social being in individuals that it is a sate of sadness that affects the individual being to the point of disrupting daily activities and clinical depression may be seen even without meeting any criteria for specific diagnosis. Clinical depression is not a temporary state of sadness but something that is recurring or worsens as days go by and may last up to weeks or longer.
There are a lot of evidences that depression is not a simple chemical imbalance in the transmitters in the brain, but it is the most common belief so that anti-depressant pills have become common treatment for millions of depressed women around the world although there are persistent researches that prove otherwise.
Incidentally, reports (wikipedia, 2006) cite clinical depression as the second leading cause of disability in the US next only to heart disease and may soon be a global symptom by 2020 according to the World Health Organization (qtd., wikipedia, 2006).
Ketterlinus (et al, 1994) presented that "depressive problems may be substantial and associated with significant social impairment [] but the social malfunction extends well beyond antisocial behaviour."
As early as 1550 BC, dep ...
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