Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 2020

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan and Dr. Buntz


Depression, Depression Stigma, Depression Pathophysiology, Depression Signs and Symptoms, Depression Deterrents

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Depression is a common phenomenon. According to World Health Organization (2020) there are over 264 million people suffering from depression globally. Takahashi (2019) states that major depressive disorder is the most common mood disorder and additionally notes that it is the leading cause of disability not just in the United States but in the world. From a pathophysiological perspective depression has multiple possible causes. This paper seeks to look at depression as a relevant health care concern and to describe accepted theories on the pathophysiology of depression as well as discussing key signs and symptoms of the disorder. It seeks to identify barriers to treatment and seeking help in those with depression. Additionally, it examines possible solutions to help those suffering from the most common mental health disorder in the world (Takahashi, 2019).

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Nursing Commons



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