The Human Experience on Mental Disorders: "Depression"


When I look back at the history of my time at UCLA, I can surely name many stimulating classes that have made me question the society we live in. One of the first classes I ever took was “Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disease.” On the first day of class our professor began asking us a range of questions.

What does it mean to be ill?

What is considered a mental illness?

If depression and anxiety are considered mental illnesses, then aren’t we all a little mentally ill?

Do you know if you are mentally ill?

Who defines this range of mental illness?

These questions really changed my perspective on mental disorders. They allowed me to really question our society and how we treat mental illnesses. Since our project is on the topic of human experiences, I really wanted to focus my paper on a mental illness that is seen very commonly - depression.



To gain more background about this topic I will look into the history of the disease. Moreover, I will go in to detail about the symptoms, the effects of the condition, the treatments, and the medication prescribed to patients. I want to cover how our society views depression and how we deal with it. Additionally, I would like to cover a portion on how our society has begun to become addicted these type of anti-depressant medications. The proliferation of drugs that are being pushed over the counter is truly something to take note of. The addiction future generations will have and the social implications of such a treatment in medicine is something I definitely want to cover in my chapter. I would lastly, like to include a portion on the bio-art that is out there, which reflects this problem in society.



  1. What is depression
    1. Symptoms
    2. Treatment
    3. Types of depression
      1. Clinical/major, chronic, manic, etc.
  2. Social implications of depression
    1. How it is viewed in society
    2. How common it has become in recent decades
    3. How it effects the “human experience”
      1. Relationships, school, goals, quality of life
  3. The effects of Anti-depressants
    1. Addiction/dependency
    2. Effects on future generations
  4. Bio-Art
    1. Tie these issues by using art as an expression
    2. Include different art pieces and discuss their meanings 


To conclude, I hope this paper will open the eyes of many to the biological, but also societal problem of depression. Unfortunately, this is an illness that has become so common that we all know someone who has experienced it, or we have dealt with it in our own lives. By addressing the social the implications of this disease through the outlets of bio-art, I am hopeful that we can learn more on how to address this matter and cope with it.



Along with many scholarly articles I will also be using the writings of many well-known philosophers including:

1. Michel Foucault

2. Gilles Deleuze

3. Felix Guattari