Depression: Recognizing the Physical Symptoms
Learn about pain, fatigue, and other physical symptoms of depression.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Depression - Living With Depression
When you're going through depression,you can't just shake if off. You might have a couple of good days followed by a bad day or a string of bad days. And you don't know how long it will last. Depression is not like the flu or a sprained ankle,where your doctor can tell you about how long it will take to get better. When you're getting better,many experts call it recovery. Recovery is ...
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 ...
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 ...