Overemotional and Irresponsible: How Stigmas of Depression Affect Social Integration
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a common mental illness with various, poorly understood causes and multiple types of treatment. Common diagnostic criteria for MDD includes loss of interest in activities, significant change in weight and appetite, insomnia or hypersomnia, decreased concentration and energy, inappropriate guilt or feelings of worthlessness, and suicidal ideation. This research project will focus on the stigma associated with depression within society, specifically in the workplace and in home life. I will discuss how people suffering with depression feel they are treated in these social spheres and how their peers and colleagues could better try to understand them. Many people believe that those with depression cannot adequately hold responsibilities because they cannot control their emotions and behaviors. Treatments of depression can significantly improve a patient’s perception of life by altering overall mood, level of irritation with others, and suicidal ideation. Additionally, successful treatment options require peers and colleagues to eliminate negative social stigmas associated with depression that could hinder the patient’s recovery process.