Depression and its Glum Outlook
By Riley Gonzalez
Depression is one of the most widespread and prominent mental disorders, with 18.4% of the population in the United States suffering from it. Major Depressive Disorder is characterized by feelings of helplessness, loss of interest in hobbies, a lack of motivation, and an overall saddened mood. When it comes to depression, individuals generally have a very pessimistic view of their lives and future. Recent studies have demonstrated how those suffering from depression in addition to chronic pain typically underestimate how long they will live. However, while it may seem like a simple misconception, many of their predictions do, in fact, come true, as individuals with depression end up dying younger due to their chronic emotional or physical pain. Chronic pain can include long-lasting injuries or low mental health.