Depression Essay

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Terry Bradshaw: Depression Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970’s but he’s also winning his battle against depression. He was diagnosed with clinical depression ten years ago and has been battling it ever since. He says he will take medication to get the serotonin in his brain to be balanced again. He will probably have to take medication for the rest of his life. He says his depression most likely stemmed from a recent divorce that he couldn’t get over. The everyday ups and downs that people experience may lead to sadness for a few hours or so, but these don’t prevent them from enjoying their children or getting out of bed. “I could not bounce back from my divorce – emotionally – I just could not bounce back," Bradshaw says. "With any bad situations I'd experienced before – a bad game or my two previous divorces – I got over them. This time I just could not get out of the hole. The anxiety attacks were extensive and frequent. I had weight loss, which I'd never had before. I couldn't stop crying. And if I wasn't crying, I was angry, bitter, hateful and mean-spirited. I couldn't sleep – couldn't concentrate. It just got crazy." Like most people struggling with depression, he looked for a way to escape the pain he was feeling by self-medicating. He began to drink everyday. He says he didn’t like the path he was on and wasn’t sure if he was going to drink himself to death. So he decided to get help. He consulted his preacher first then a psychologist and finally a psychiatrist. He received anti-depressants and psychotherapy. Although Bradshaw wasn’t in favor of the medication because of its side effects he continued to take them. The psychiatrist said that taking the medication along with therapy was in his best interest to get better. Bradshaw is now on tour with the manufacturer of his medication to tell people that it’s

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