During this course I have gained some knowledge regarding the psychological process of many events that affect our daily lives. However, I will be introducing one of the most important personal lessons that I've learned during this course. The knowledge that I have obtained will help me and my family deal with depression that came about because of the loss of a love one. My research is base on clinical or major depression which is one experience that most of us will have to face at one time of our lives. Depression is not only fairly common, and it can be very serious. It is a mental illness in which a person experiences deep, unshakable sadness and diminished interest in nearly all activities. People also use the term depression to describe the temporary sadness, loneliness, or blues that everyone feels from time to time. In contrast to normal sadness, severe depression, also called major depression, can dramatically impair a person's ability to function in social situations and at work. People with major depression often have feelings of despair, hopelessness, and worthlessness, as well as thoughts of committing suicide (Cohen 1993-1997). Being that depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, which at least 8 percent of teenagers in the United States experience serious depression at some point during their lives, and estimates range as high a 17 percent, which has inspired me to obtain answers to the following questions based only on research and personal experience:.
1. What exactly is depression?.
2. Is depression common.
Clinical or Major Depression 3.
3. How serious is depression?.
4. What causes depression?.
5. Can depression be treated?.
Since sadness may occur in many circumstances and arise via several psychological processes, my research focuses on these five questions.