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The Depression/Melancholy in

Kane Hason-Traynor



Depression/ Melancholy Definition

Severe, typically prolonged, feelings of despondency and dejection

Feeling of extreme sadness

Affects about 8% people in their lifetime

2x more common in women then men

Most common in middle aged adults

Onset in teens


Depression Symptoms

Feeling down

Exaggerate minor failings & ignore positive events

See themselves as worthless & unlovable

Show a lack of interest in hobbies

May consider death or suicide

Change in eating patterns: overeat or eat little

Feel inexplicable pains


Types of Depression

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Periodic struggles with symptoms; usually severe

Chronic Depression: less severe than MDD but symptoms last longer

Bipolar Disorder: a rollercoaster of emotions

2 sides depression and mania

Little need for sleep in mania, extreme risk taking.


Depression in early 1600’s

A large amount of people became depressed

Many poor people were unable to access land

Many people died from illnesses

Much of depression comes from loss of a loved one


Depression In Hamlet

Hamlet is most depressed

Depressed about his fathers death

Claudius says to him "How is it that the clouds still hang on you?“ (Act 1 Scene 2)

Depressed about mother marrying uncle

Most soliloquies about his depression

His depression makes him seem



Depression in Hamlet

Ophelia’s depressionFamily tells her she's not good enough for hamlet Must watch Hamlet brake down from his depression Loves Hamlet but can never be together









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