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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a chronic disease of the lungs, and the third leading cause of death in 2014 in the United States. It is an extremely debilitating condition, however, with lifestyle changes, medications and therapy, one can possibly counter the many ill effects of COPD. Some progressive lung disorders that come under the ambit of COPD are emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.
“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end,” said American writer Elizabeth Wurtzel, known for her bestselling book Prozac Nation. Depression, also known as depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a real illness, which hampers normal functioning of an individual.
Depression is a serious mental disorder that alters the functions of the brain. In 2015, over 16.1 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year in the United States. In some ways, depression can change a person’s state of mind by provoking negative thinking and low mood that interfere with his or her daily life. They may feel sad, discouraged, disinterested and fatigued for long periods and find that many of their goals and dreams are insurmountable.