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Depression Center

  General Overview

Depression is a mental illness characterized by feelings of profound sadness and lack of interest in enjoyable activities. It may cause a wide range of symptoms, both physical and emotional. Unlike a blue mood, depression can last for weeks, months, or years, and rarely subsides without treatment.



Find answers in our in-depth report on depression:

  Living With Depression
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Chronic pain and depression: a chicken or the egg story

The two conditions seem to go hand-in-hand in a large percentage of unfortunate patients, who suffer the debilitating effects of both chronically painful conditions and persistent mood problems.

Depression in college

Here’s what you need to know about how to prevent and treat depression while you or your child is in college.

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Depression in men: how is it different?

Depression in men is often overlooked, but it is a very serious problem.

Depression in the workplace: tips for managers

Read here to find out how to recognize when an employee might have a problem with depression and what you can do to help.

In her own words: living with depression

Read one woman's account of her more than 40-year struggle with depression.

  Treating Depression
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Can folic acid help ease depression?

Folic acid, the B-vitamin that is famous for its role in preventing birth defects, is now under scrutiny for its effects on another devastating condition—depression.

How to choose a therapist or counselor

Perhaps you have a chronic or difficult problem, or maybe you feel depressed or sad. Before you jump into therapy, there are important issues that you need to consider.

How well do antidepressants really work?

Approximately seven million Americans take antidepressant drugs for depression and a variety of other disorders. A study, however, puts the effectiveness of antidepressants in question.

Just “the blues” or clinical depression: making the distinction to get the help you need

By making the distinction between “the blues” and clinical depression, you can take the appropriate actions that may help improve your mood and quality of life.

Mental health practitioners: who’s who?

Whether you or someone you love needs therapy, it helps to know the difference between the types of mental health professionals.

  Treating Depression (Continued)
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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Several different drugs are considered SSRIs, but in one way or another they all work to increase levels of serotonin in the brain, a chemical believed to affect mood.

Support groups: how do they help?

Find out how a support group may help you and how to find the right one.

  Special Topics
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Could your depression be related to your medication?

After two weeks of taking Accutane, an acne medication, 19-year-old Joe began experiencing fatigue, lack of motivation, sleep problems, and crying spells. He was diagnosed with depression—something his healthcare provider eventually believed was related to his use of Accutane.

Creativity and depression: is there a link?

History is filled with writers, poets, artists, musicians, composers, and other creative people who wrestled with mood disorders. But is this portrayal just a stereotype, or is there really a link between creativity and depression?

Depression and chronic illness: which comes first?

Which comes first—depression or chronic illness? While the connection works both ways, one thing's for sure: treatment can make a difference.

Depression screening advised for all adults

Soon your doctor may start asking more questions about your mental health. Prompting these changes are innovative new recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force on screening for depression in adults.

Hopelessness and the heart attack: the role of depression in heart disease

Several medical studies have found an association between depression and a higher risk for heart complications including death.

More than the blues: understanding dysthymia

Can life experiences set you on a course to chronic, low-grade depression? Getting treatment for dysthymia may save you from experiencing major depression.

The role of depression in adolescent obesity

About 5% of children and adolescents in the Unites States suffer from depression. Could this put them at increased risk for obesity? A study from the journal Pediatrics explores the possible link.

Understanding seasonal affective disorder

Do you feel the effects of shorter winter days? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can cause sadness, fatigue, weight gain, and depression.

  True or False?
True or false: depression and suicide rates rise during the holiday season

Many people believe that depression, anxiety, and suicide rates rise during the holidays. Is this true?

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