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  1. Depression in Children and Teens - Home Treatment

    You should do everything possible to provide a family environment for your child that is supportive and understanding. Love, understanding, and regular communication are some of the most important things you can provide to help your child cope with depres

  2. Depression Screening - Topic Overview

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all people,starting at age 12,be screened for depression. 2,1 Screening for depression helps find depression early. And early treatment may help you get better faster. Depression is a disease. It's not caused by personal weakness and is not a character flaw. When you have depression,chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters ...

  3. Depression in Children and Teens - Cause

    Learn about depression in childhood and adolescence and what causes it.

  4. Depression Resources

    There’s a wealth of information about depression on the Internet. Here, WebMD doctors have selected the finest professional organizations that can help people gain a better understanding of living with depression and other mental health conditions.

  5. Depression and Diet

    While science hasn't discovered a dietary cure for depression, research shows that eating nutrient-rich foods and getting sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals may help your mood. Learn more from the experts at WebMD.

  6. Antidepressant Withdrawal

    Why do some people experience withdrawal symptoms after stopping antidepressants? WebMD experts explain.

  7. Seasonal Affective Disorder: Using Light Therapy

    Key pointsBright light therapy is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD).1, 2Light therapy is easy and safe. It has few side effects and can be done at home.People who have eye problems or take medications that cause sensitivity to light should not use light therapy without first consulting a health professional. What is light therapy? Why is light therapy used to treat SAD?

  8. Depression: Taking Antidepressants Safely

    If your doctor has prescribed antidepressants, following these guidelines can reduce problems and help you get the most benefit from your medicine.

  9. Depression - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I stop taking my depression medicine? Should I take antidepressants while I'm pregnant? Should I take medications to treat depression? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing ...

  10. 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 ...

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