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Symptoms of Depression

(June 19, 2008)  Sadness and gloom affect almost everyone at one time or another. Being sad or lonely is a normal human condition. At times, the feelings are strong enough to use the word depression. But how bad does it have to get before you have true clinical depression? What are the signs and symptoms of ..

Types of Depression

(June 19, 2008)  There are several different types of depression. Two of the most common types are major depression (also called major depressive disorder) and dysthymic disorder. Other types of depression include manic depression (also known as bipolar disorder), postpartum depression and seasonal affective ..

Treatments For Depression

(June 19, 2008)  Life bombards us with change. Sometimes we look forward to new beginnings, but change can also be unexpected or unwelcome. For some, these significant life events can trigger a major depressive episode. It's not completely clear why certain people are affected and others are not. Depression does ..

Depression Statistics

(June 19, 2008)  A major depressive episode can be devastating to every person and family that it touches. In addition to emotional suffering, there are measurable consequences to society. To fully understand the magnitude of the problem of depression, let's take a look at some of the relevant depression ..

Depression Test

(June 19, 2008)  You might be feeling depressed, but are you depressed enough to see a doctor about it? It's always difficult to tell if what we are experiencing is a normal level of sadness or true clinical depression that requires treatment. About 30 years ago, researchers published a depression self-assessment ..

Postpartum Depression

(June 19, 2008)  Sometimes depression appears at an unexpected moment. This condition is usually triggered by traumatic or negative life events. Unwelcome or unexpected change of some sort overwhelms our defenses and we spiral into a major depressive episode. But in the case of postpartum depression (PPD), the ..

Bipolar Disorder

(June 19, 2008)  Bipolar disorder is technically a type of depression, but is quite different than the mental image you may have of typical depressive symptoms. Bipolar depression, as the name suggests, consists of two opposite behaviors that somehow co-exist in the same person. There is no cure for this condition, .

Teen Depression

(June 19, 2008)  Teen depression (or adolescent depression) is a surprisingly common mental health disorder. Although it mirrors the symptoms of major depressive episodes, teen depression is often less visible and may go unnoticed by parents and peers. However, it can have serious consequences, leading to negative ..

Causes of Depression

(June 19, 2008)  Depression is more than just a really bad mood that lasts a long time. It can affect your very identity, it can change who you are. Those who suffer from this all-too-common disorder find that daily life has become too great a challenge. What are the causes of depression? What's behind this ..


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