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  1. Depression - Treatment Overview

    Depression can be treated in various ways. Counseling,psychotherapy,and antidepressant medicines may all be used. Lifestyle changes,such as getting more exercise,also may help. Your doctor or mental health professional will help you find the best treatment. For severe depression,a very small number of people may need to stay in a hospital for a short time,especially if they are thinking ...

  2. Depression - Cause

    Depression is a disease. It is not caused by personal weakness and is not a character flaw. When you have depression,chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters are out of balance. Most experts believe a combination of family history (your genes ) and stressful life events may cause depression. Genes: Your chance of having a bout of depression is greater if other family members have had ...

  3. Depression - What Increases Your Risk?

    Experts don't know why some people get depression and others don't. But certain things make you likely to get depression. These are called risk factors. Important risk factors for depression include: Having a father,mother,brother,or sister who has had depression. Having had depression before. Having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One-time stressful events,such as the death of a ...

  4. Depression - Prevention

    There is little research on whether you can prevent a first bout of depression. But several studies suggest that exercise may help prevent a first bout of depression. 6,7 Exercise also may help prevent depression from coming back ( relapse ) and may improve symptoms of mild depression. 6,7 If you worry about getting depression,talk to your doctor. Regular screening for depression helps ...

  5. Depression - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or the national suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or other emergency services if you (or someone you care about who has depression ): Plan to harm yourself or others. Talk,write,read,or draw about death,including writing suicide notes and talking about items that can harm you,such as pills,guns,or knives. Buy guns or bullets,stockpile medicines,or take other action ...

  6. Depression - Exams and Tests

    Depression may be diagnosed when you talk to your doctor about feeling sad or when your doctor asks you questions and discovers that you are feeling sad. You may be seeing your doctor because you feel sad or because you have another health problem or concern. If your doctor thinks you are depressed,he or she will ask you questions about your health and feelings. This is called a mental health ...

  7. Depression - Therapy

    Counseling and psychotherapy are important parts of treatment for depression. You will work with a mental health professional such as a psychologist,licensed professional counselor,clinical social worker,or psychiatrist. Together,you will develop an action plan to treat your depression. The first step is finding a therapist you trust and feel comfortable with. The therapist also should ...

  8. Depression - Symptoms

    The symptoms of depression may be hard to notice at first. They can be different from person to person,and you may confuse them with just feeling "off" or "down." You also may confuse the symptoms with another health problem. The two most common symptoms of depression are: Feeling sad or hopeless nearly every day. Losing interest in or not getting pleasure from most daily activities,and you ...

  9. Depression - What Happens

    Depression is different for everyone. For some people,a bout of depression begins with symptoms of anxiety (such as worrying a lot),sadness,or lack of energy. This may go on for days or months before you or others think you are depressed. And other people may feel depressed suddenly. This may happen after a big change in life,such as the loss of a loved one or a serious accident. It's ...

  10. Depression - Other Treatment

    Other treatments for depression include brain stimulation and treatment with herbs or dietary supplements. Brain stimulation Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used to treat severe depression or depression that does not get better with medicine and counseling or therapy. In ECT,electricity is briefly sent to the brain through electrodes placed on your head. Studies have shown that ECT is ...

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