public health week 1 project

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Health Issues in Your Community

For your project, you will visit the CDC website and select an article that addresses a health issue of your interest (for example, H1N1, obesity, diabetes, asthma, teenage pregnancy, etc.). Click here to visit the CDC website.

Addressing the following questions:

  • What public health issue have you selected and why? Provide a brief explanation of the issue.
  • How long has the health issue been prevalent in the community?
  • What are the factors that have caused the issue to become a public issue? Support your answer with data from your research.
  • Are there any social implications of the issue? Why or why not?
  • What prevention and intervention measures have been implemented to address this issue in your community?
  • Are there any issues that are not being adequately addressed? Support your answer with data from your research.

To support your work, use your course and textbook readings and also use the South University Online Library. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.

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Understanding and Addressing Depression as a Public Health Concern

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Understanding and Addressing Depression as a Public Health Concern
Question 1:
The public health issue I chose is depression, a widespread mental health issue that
adversely influences a large number of people in the community. Depression is not just a simple
feeling of sadness or having a bad day; it is a state of being perennially sad or anxious, disrupted
by your normal life. Depression is a public health problem of great importance that affects all
genders and age groups irrespective of their origin. In addition, depression does not only pose
mental disruptions but also causes physical deterioration and poor quality of life. It results in low
productivity, inefficient social interaction, and elevated healthcare use, which is very debilitating
to both individuals as well as healthcare organizations.
The symptoms consist of apathy towards things that used to bring pleasure, sleep
disturbances, changes in appetite, physical problems such as headaches or upset stomach,
difficulty concentrating, feelings of guilt and lack of self-worth, and suicidal thoughts
(Depression and anxiety, 2023). Genes, environment, brain structure, and developmental and
personality traits can all play a role in the development of depression. Risk factors such as family
history of depression, traumatic life events, major life changes, chronic illnesses, some
medications, and substance abuse, may lead to depression (Depressive Disorder, 2023).
Additionally, dealing with depression necessitates a multidimensional approach comprising
public education, early detection, availability of mental health services, and the elimination of
the stigma to guarantee comprehensive help for those affected.
Question 2:
Depression has been a health issue of concern in a community for the past decades, with
historical records dating back to ancient times providing details of symptoms and cures similar to

those of modern-day understanding of the illness (Depressive Disorder, 2023). The formal
classification and understanding of depression as a mental health disorder is an evolving field
However, it was not until recently that depression gained recognition as a legitimate medical
disease as opposed to a sign of weakness or moral failing. Some of the milestones that have
contributed to the accurate identification and treatment of depression include the development of
diagnostic criteria in the 20th century.
In the present day, the awareness of depression as a widespread public health issue has
emerged as an important principal concern. In modern times, the drive to withdraw stigma,
improve access to mental health care, and enhance understanding of the complicated factors
determining depression has become a leading issue in public health programs (Murney et al.,
2020). However, to make progress toward the goal, problems like ...

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