How Depression Case Studies Help Doctors and Patients

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Depression is one of the world’s most common illnesses; the majority of people experience it at some time.

Most people will deal with an overwhelming sense of sadness.  This could be as a result of a loss, or life change such as having a baby, watching your child move out of the home, losing a job, losing a loved one, or retiring.  Anytime a loss is experienced it can trigger a depressive state.  When the depressive state lasts for more than two weeks and affects other areas of your life it is considered to be a depression.  There are many things that can be done to help people in dealing with depression.

One very effective tool in understanding depression, how the illness progresses, and effective treatment options, is depression case studies.  Such studies give doctors a way to study other people’s depression symptoms and see what methods and procedures worked in treating their illness.  Case studies can also be very beneficial to people who are suffering with depression.  It helps to see how other people who have experienced the same feelings of despair and hopelessness were able to overcome it and get back to the life they used to enjoy.

One depression case study deals with a woman who came from an extremely dysfunctional family background.  Her parents were both volatile and abusive so she moved out of her home at the age of 17 and took on the responsibility of taking care of her younger siblings.  Because of her parents’ relationship with each other and others she was very wary of marriage and felt extreme anxiety about the possibility of having a family.  Her family history caused her to fear being abandoned and hurt.

Even though this woman did eventually get married and have two children of her own, she found herself repeating the same destructive patterns as did her own mother.  This caused her to experience a sense of hopelessness about her ability to parent and how to end the cycle of abuse.  The case study outlines the symptoms the patient experienced as well as former treatments that were not effective in dealing with the problems.  It also outlines what treatments were well received and how the patient responded to them.  This is very beneficial to other doctors to see what forms of treatment are effective in a real world scenario.

This is one example that helps doctors understand depression, its causes and its viable treatments.  Examples such as these show why individual case studies are important in the fight against depression.

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