There is a relationship between socialization, human development, and psychological disorders. It is beneficial for a better understanding of psychological disorders to study the relationship with socialization and human development.
Depression is described as overwhelming feelings of negativity and sadness. There is normal depression that takes place when something traumatic happens, such as a death or a divorce. One who suffers from this type of depression may see a counselor to learn how to cope with the new changes or simply try to deal with things independently. Every individual will experience normal depression or sadness at some point that is induced by various experiences that seem overwhelming.
There is another form of depression that is more consuming which is a depression that happens for no reason and prevents the individual from leading a normal and healthy life. This more severe form of depression will engulf the individual and usually affect sleep patterns, eating habits, and social life. This form of depression generally happens because of a chemical imbalance in the individual and can be managed with proper medication coupled with counseling (Understanding Depression, 2011).
There are specific situations in which human development and depression may work hand in hand. One example of this relationship between human development and depression would be when an adolescent goes through puberty. Puberty will extract a multitude of emotions from hormones changing and new hormones forming in a short amount of time. These changes in hormones have the tendency to cause a depression (Shiraev & Levy, 2010). This form of depression is normal and will subside once the hormones from the emotional and physical maturing comes to a conclusion.
Another occasion when there is a relationship between human development and depression would be when the child or adolescent has a parent with a chemical depression. Chemical depressions (chemical imbalances causing depression) have the potential to be genetically carried down to future generations (Understanding Depression, 2011).
There also can be a relationship between socialization and depression. This relationship may be the result of how an individual was reared as a child. If this individual was not taught socializing skills it will be more difficult for him or her to form relationships and understand companionship; never developing proper socialization as a youth will make it a challenge to learn socialization skills as an adult.
Also if the child never formed a relationship with his or her parents because of the parents being withdrawn it may cause an inability to understand and form relationships. Without meaningful relationships and companionship it would be easy to fall susceptible to depression and loneliness (Shiraev & Levy, 2010).
Depression can be caused by a multitude of variables, such as genetics, inability to form meaningful relationships, a chemical imbalance, or a traumatic life event. In most experiences with depression, the feelings of sadness and loneliness do pass with time and help from a counselor. More extreme cases require more aggressive treatment such as medication coupled with counseling.
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Shiraev, E. B. & Levy, D. A. (2010). Cross-cultural psychology: Critical thinking and contemporary applications (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson/Allyn Bacon.
Understanding Depression. (2011). Retrieved from http://helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm