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 ...
Depression - Topic Overview
Is this topic for you? This topic covers depression in adults. For information on: Depression in young people,see the topic Depression in Children and Teens. Depression after childbirth,see the topic Postpartum Depression. Depression followed by times of high energy,see the topic Bipolar Disorder. Depression and suicide,see Depression and suicide. What is depression? Depression is an ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Depression - For Family and Friends
If someone you care about is depressed,you may feel helpless. Maybe you're watching a once-active or happy person slide into inactivity or you're seeing a good friend lose interest in favorite activities. The change in your loved one's or friend's behavior may be so big that you feel you no longer know him or her. Here are some things you can do to help: Help the person get treatment or stay ...
Even if your depression does not seem to be responding to drug treatment, there are many other options to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Learn more from WebMD about various therapies available for treatment-resistant depression.
Psychotherapy for Depression
Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for clinical depression. Learn more from WebMD about how various forms of therapy work to help you gain new coping skills.