Depression is a very ancient disease, a disorder called melancholy in ancient times, more specifically in ancient Greece. The melancholy of ancient Greece and the famous depression today.
Studies say that King Solomon, the third king of Israel, was depressed and is recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes, where he tells that he no longer found grace in life.
As one has been studying mental disorders for centuries, why is this impression? This is how scholars and doctors begin to disagree because many people say that depression is no longer a taboo, and they begin to surrender and seek help, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment. Because in the rush and activism, people are giving places in their lives to such, depression.
Depression is being popular.
In fact, the discussion about depression today is getting bigger and more complicated. From YouTuber Whindersson Nunes to singer Adele, including actor Jim Carrey, several celebrities said they were fighting against this disease: “This fear was more serious in the face of the prejudice of people with mental illness and disability. This fact shows that many celebrities revealed The fight against depression has more impact than any doctor commented on TV or books about the disease.
Prejudice generated many difficulties in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, so people did not seek the necessary help, because many patients were ashamed to talk about what they were feeling and think that seeking a psychiatrist doctor would be crazy people.
Nowadays this prejudice is not so great, with the decrease of this prejudice, so the person starts to seek help from treatments, talk about the subject, being the easiest diagnosis. It is necessary to break prejudice in mental health.
According to the book “The Lost Sadness” (Summus Publishing House) written by Allan Horwitz, sociology educator at Rutgers University, and Jerome Wakefield, social work teacher at New York University, the numbers of depressive patients in the population has not suffered a general discharge. What has changed is the numerical increase in people seeking treatment for this disorder, the increase in prescriptions for antidepressant drugs, the number of research on the subject in the media, magazines, and scientific books, and the increase in depression as the great and phenomenal villain in families in our country.
The evil of modern life?
Who defended the argument of how depression can be promoted in today’s society, he still argues that even if there is no more world war, the local economy will be in chaos, there are many unemployed, social inequality is increasing and there is no access to medical services, education and early use of alcohol. And drugs and growing urbanization. We live longer, but our quality of life is lower. Unfavorable events in life, such as lack of leisure opportunities, low schooling, and social deprivation, lead to long-term stress, continue to coexist with violence, they are mainly in the periphery of the centers of large cities and are also factors related to the increase of depression. Besides the pressure of social networks to ask people to always do amazing things and have fun, the individual is still in a state of depression and his life is not so good. There are still theories that the human body has not evolved according to the world. This is prepared for the age of caves, when we hunt, we spend a lot of time without eating. As long as there is enough food, we don’t have to hunt, the inflammatory response of the body will increase and the chances of depression and/or obesity will increase.
Sadness or depression? The way of diagnosing has changed.
For those who do not believe that depression exists, people believe that what really changes is the definition of illness. “Since 1980, the definition of depression in psychiatry and other mental health professions has confused true depression with a strong but normal state of sadness,” wrote the author of “The Loss of Grief.
According to them, since the third edition of DSM-III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association) was published in 1980, psychiatry has relied primarily on lists of symptoms to define depression. Therefore, if a person has the following five symptoms in two weeks, including depression, loss of interest in daily activities, insomnia, tiredness, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, and similar symptoms, they are considered to have depression.
For Mari, however, there was no significant difference in the cut-off point for determining a diagnosis of depression from DSM-III to DSM-V, or from ICD10 to ICD11, which are the current manuals that determine the criteria and guidelines for making a diagnosis of depression.
For depression to be characterized as a clinical problem, there must be a qualitative change in the person’s life, which is a lasting and persistent state for at least fifteen days to one month, with close and relevant observation in social relationships and educational and occupational functions.
We need to talk about it.
Is the number of cases increasing? Yes also. There is no way to know if depression is indeed the evil of the century, but surely the disease is part of a list of problems that affect a large part of the population.
We are always waiting for good news, even when we are in a situation we didn’t want to be in. Today there are treatments for people to treat depression so that they can control themselves from all the thoughts of sadness, which often lead to the extreme like suicide. You can live with depression if you seek help, undergo psychological and psychiatric treatment.