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11. Some psychological theories of depression - Psychoanalytical theory

Sigmund Freud noted how similar mourning and grieving and depression are. Depression could be a response to loss.

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12. Depression and dementia

Dementia means a persistent overall decline in all mental abilities (memory, intellect and personality) without any kind of loss of consciousness. It is usually a slow process. Dementia can sometimes be confused with depression: the two illnesses can coexist, or each can look like the other in isolation.

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13. Epilepsy

My son was diagnosed as having epilepsy six months ago and was put on to an anti-epileptic drug. He has slowed down and become depressed. Could this be due to his medication?

The diagnosis of epilepsy has major implications for anybody, and there is the added indignity of being unable to drive a motor vehicle until free of seizures for a year.

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14. Depression and learning disability

Some degree of learning disability is present in 2–3% of the population, and a quarter of these people show evidence of psychiatric disorder. This increased rate of psychiatric illness might be partly due to psychological factors, which include the stigma of being learning disabled, and the frustrations and limitations of daily life. It may also partly be due to altered brain functioning (which has given rise to the learning disability).

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15. Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis causes isolated patches of damage to myelin (the covering of long nerve axons). A scar results, and later the nerve axon is damaged. It is one of the most common diseases of the nervous system in temperate climates. It affects the central nervous system and causes an enormous variety of symptoms and signs. There is a tendency to remission and relapse. It can be a relatively benign disease. For others, there is a poorer prognosis.

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