Antidepressant - Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.
Anxiety - A feeling of apprehension and fear characterized by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and feelings of stress. Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 19 million American adults and can grow progressively worse if not treated.
Nearly 18.8 million Americans over age 18 suffer from major depression. Unfortunately, most people never seek treatment. Left undiagnosed and untreated, depression can worsen, lasting for years and causing untold suffering, and possibly even result in suicide.
Symptoms of depression include:
Loss of enjoyment from things that were once pleasurable
Loss of energy
Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
Difficulty making decisions
Bipolar disorder - A form of depressive disease that characteristically involves cycles of depression and elation or mania.
Depression - An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, that affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things.
Dysthymia - A less severe form of depression, but one that lasts at least two years.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - A procedure used to treat severe depression.
Hypothyroidism - A condition when the thyroid doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone. This can lead to symptoms of depression, fatigue, weight gain, and other health problems.
Light Therapy - Therapy consisting of exposure to light that is brighter than indoor light and mimics sunlight. It may help treat some forms of depression.
Major Depression - A common and serious type of depression marked by sadness, fatigue, changes in sleep patterns and appetite, and includes feelings of hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal thoughts.
Manic Depression (bipolar disorder) - It is characterized by episodes of profound ups (mania) and downs (depression).
Neurotransmitters - Chemicals produced by the nerve cells in the brain. An imbalance or an inefficiency in communication between networks of nerve cells may lead to headache, depression, and other mental health problems.
Postpartum Depression - Physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that may occur after giving birth.
Psychotherapy - A form of talk therapy done between a licensed and trained mental health care professional and a depressed individual, group, family, or couple.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A depression that occurs each year at the same time, usually late fall and winter.
Stress - Forces from the outside world impinging on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life that can help us learn and grow. Conversely, stress can cause us significant problems.