Is depression a disease?


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Depression transcends just being in a bad mood; it's a disease, according to various members of the medical community. In fact, when people are in a funk, or a depressed state of mind, it's not uncommon for all aspects of their life to be affected, says Dr. Andrew Angelino, director of the general psychiatry unit at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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Depression affects a person's brain chemistry; it's a disease of the brain. To elaborate on this point that Michigan State University makes, it uses the analogies of diabetes' effects on the body and asthma's effects on the lungs.

Depression shouldn't be seen as a weakness. Instead, Alana Pinchback, executive director of the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation, a nonprofit that educates the public on depression, insists it's a disease.

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