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Medical Reference Related to Depression

  1. Depression Diagnosis

    Are you concerned about clinical depression? Find out how a doctor makes a depression diagnosis.

  2. After Depression: Working on Your Relationships

    Depression can affect your relationships, and WebMD offers tips on strengthening relationships and getting support during your recovery. Learn more about depression and relationships.

  3. A Depression Recovery Lifestyle

    A healthy lifestyle is important to recovery from depression, and WebMD offers tips to help make recovery successful.

  4. Depression Medicines

    WebMD explains the different types of depression medicines and how you can most effectively treat your depression with medications and lifestyle improvements.

  5. Depression: Offering Support

    Trying to offer support to a friend or loved one with depression can be hard. Here are some suggestions about what to do -- and what not to do.

  6. Depression: Recognizing the Physical Symptoms

    Learn about pain, fatigue, and other physical symptoms of depression.

  7. Depression: Stop Negative Thoughts

    Depression is an illness that makes a person feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It's different than feeling a little sad or down. Depression can be treated with counseling or medicine,or both. Positive thinking also can help prevent or control depression. If you have thoughts of harming yourself or others,you need to see your doctor or therapist right away. Positive thinking can help ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Depression - Medicines

    Antidepressant medicines may improve or completely relieve the symptoms of depression. If you are mildly depressed,you may not have to take them,but most people with moderate or severe depression need medicine. Antidepressant medicines work in different ways. No antidepressant works better than another,but different ones work better or worse for different people. The side effects of ...

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