Understanding Depression -- Prevention

Although depression is a highly treatable condition, some forms of depression may not be preventable. That's because depression may be triggered by a malfunctioning of nerve cell connections in certain brain circuits. However, the latest medical studies confirm that depression may often be alleviated and sometimes prevented with good health habits. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and taking time out for fun and relaxation, may work together to prevent a depressed mood.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of depression that last for more than one or two weeks, see your health care provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 27, 2015

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National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

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