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  1. Depression in Children and Teens - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor or another health professional will evaluate and diagnose depression in your child by asking questions about your child's medical history and conducting tests to determine if symptoms are caused by something other than depression. Your child m

  2. Depression in Children and Teens - When To Call a Doctor

    For a depressed child, call 911 or other emergency services immediately if your child makes threats or attempts to harm himself or herself or another person, shows other warning signs of suicide, hears voices (has auditory hallucinations), or feels he or

  3. Symptoms of Depression - Topic Overview

    You may be depressed if you have at least five of these symptoms for 2 weeks or longer,and one of the symptoms is either sadness or loss of interest. You feel sad or hopeless. You lose interest in or stop getting pleasure from most daily activities. You lose or gain a lot of weight because of changes in how hungry you feel. You sleep too much or too little. You feel restless and unable to ...

  4. Postpartum Depression - Topic Overview

    WebMD explains what PPD (postpartum depression) is and what causes it. Learn the signs to look for and what increases your risk.

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Depression in Older Adults - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more.Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?

  8. 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?

  9. SAM-e - Topic Overview

    SAM-e is a supplement used to help treat depression and other conditions such as OA and liver disease. Learn more from WebMD.

  10. Depression in Children and Teens - Prevention

    It is difficult to prevent a first episode of depression, but it may be possible to prevent or reduce the severity of future episodes of depression (relapses). There is some evidence that if a child receives cognitive - behavioral therapy (CBT) in a group

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