FC: Depression: My Story | By: Jenny Milanes
1: Dear Aiden and Peyton, In 2008, I was diagnosed with the disorder called Depression. I wanted to put a scrapbook together to show you my journey, struggles, and information about my disorder so when you grow up, you will have a better understanding of what Depression is. | What is depression? | Depression is a medical illness that involves the mind and body. It affects how you feel, think, and behave. Depression is a chronic illness that usually requires long-term treatment.
2: Depression was known as melancholia. In 1980 the name was changed to Depression by the American Psychiatric Association. Robert Burton, an English scholar, drew numerous theories about Depression. Burton believed that Melancholy could be treated with a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, music, meaningful work, and along with talking to a friend. | History of Depression
3: Causes of Depression: | - Genetics - Major Events - Personal Problems - Serious Illness - Substance abuse - Abuse - Certain medications - Conflict - Death or loss | AJ & Pey, The cause for my Depression was personal problems. At the time a lot was happening at work, at home, and with your dad and myself.
4: Biology related to Depression | Researchers have noticed differences in the brains of people who are depressed to the people who are not. Serotonin, which is a calming brain chemical known as a neurotransmitter that allows communication for the body, is smaller and fewer in the brain of people who are depressed. | People affected by Depression | - Approximately 19 million Americans suffer from depression - Depression affects twice as many females as males.. - Depression occurs most commonly between the ages 20 and 45, but can occur at any age. - Depression tends to run in families and occurs with other illnesses. | The ones that are underlined are the symptoms that I was experiencing. When you become older and you take Biology in high school, you will understand how Biology relates to Depression more. People are affected by Depression all over the world.
5: Symptoms | - a persistent sad, anxious mood - sleeping too little or too much - reduced appetite and weight lost - lost of interest or lack of pleasure - Restlessness or irritability - Fatigue - feeling guilty - thoughts of death or suicide | - insomnia - no control over negative thoughts - lost of concentration - short-tempered
7: Treatment | - Antidepressants - Medications - Counseling - Psychiatric Therapy | Lifestyle Changes: - Exercise - Nutrition - Sleep - Social Support - Stress Reduction | - Vagus nerve stimmmmulation - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - Electroconvulsive Therapy | The treatment above is ways to treat Depression. The things in red are what I did to help my Depression decrease. I hope this scrapbook has informed you and taught you all about Depression. I love you both. Love, Mommy