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Running header: ASSESSMENT OF DEPRESSION Assessment of Depression Student’s name Institutional affiliation Date 1 ASSESSMENT OF DEPRESSION 2 Assessment of Depression The American Psychiatric Association diagnostic manual defines depression as "a syndrome characterized by a clinically significant disturbance in an individual's cognitive, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects dysfunction in the psychological, biological or developmental process underlying mental functioning. Depression is usually associated with significant distress in social, occupational, or important activities” (Hall-Flavin, 2010). Depression is one of the common mental disorders not only in the United States but in other regions of the world. A report published by the World Health Organization in 2010 indicates that depression is a leading cause of mental breakdown among adults. By the year 2015, there were an estimated sixteen million adults aged above eighteen years who were victims of depression in the United States. This is a clear indicator that depression is a real problem that is affecting millions of adults in all parts of the world (Pomerantz, 2014). Therefore, designing a complex a ...
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