Running head: MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER Major Depressive Disorder LaTisha Green Cameron University Abstract At one time or another one has felt depressed, sad, lonely, or misunderstood. Being depressed is normal for everyone at one point of time and is a natural reaction to a loss, difficulties in life, and a deflated self-esteem. When this feeling of sadness becomes intense, lasts for a long period, and it prevents one from living a normal life is when the depression needs to be looked at more closely. There are different types of depressive illnesses. This paper will discuss one depressive illness known as Major Depressive Disorder.
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