Depression, millions of people have it, but they do not know how to cope with it. Many people that do not know what depression is usually just say “why cant they just cheer up”, well its a lot harder than it sounds for them to cheer up. Depression has been known since the time of the ancient Greeks. At this time though they thought it was an imbalance of the human body that created this problem. Then the Greek and Roman ideas of depression traveled to Persia. The only difference was it wasn’t called depression, but it was called melancholia, but the definition is still the same.

Then around the seventeenth and nineteenth century, a English Scholar Robert Burton wrote about ...

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century, people tried to relate it to being like a machine, except for one scientist from Germany, instead he thought it was a disturbance of the soul.

In the twentieth century Sigmund Freud studied depression and how it works. He stated that it was linked to a state of mourning. He believed it is caused by something that may cause someone to mourn, like the loss of a loved one. Then in the mid twentieth century, the American existential psychologist ,Rollo May, believe that depression was just the inability to construct a future. He also believed that depression comes from the individuals inability to see the future.

Shortly after Rollo May’s ideas, scientists discovered that depression comes from chemical imbalances in the Neurotransmitters. The chemical serotonin is what gives a normal human being the ability to be happy. When someone has depression, the serotonin is in a very small amount. According to NIMH, “Most likely, depression is caused by a combination of genetic, ...

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you understand depression a little more, you could look at how some famous people acted or behaved while having depression. Look at the music artist Billy Joel he had depression, and notice how some of his songs sound. Another person that had depression was Buzz Aldrin, who would have known that. Of course Hugh Lauri, Dr.House, has depression. That shows that anyone can have depression.

Now that you know a little more knowledge about depression, now it is time to learn about how it is diagnosed. Usually depression cannot be checked by running a blood test. The only way to determine if someone has depression is usually on how they act on a daily basis. Usually one of the biggest ...

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