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    1. Postpartum Depression - Medications

      Antidepressants are commonly used to treat postpartum depression (PPD), usually in combination with counseling and support.

    2. Depression in Children and Teens - 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 ...

    3. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

      Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure used to treat severe depression. It may be used in people with symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, or suicidal thoughts or when other treatments such as psychotherapy and antidepressant medications have not worked. It is also used for other psychiatric and neurological conditions, such as schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. Before ECT, yo

    4. St. John's Wort - 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.

    5. Depression in Children and Teens - Health Tools

      This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding childhood depression.

    6. Depression - Topic Overview

      What is depression in older adults? Depression is an illness that causes you to feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It is different from normal feelings of sadness,grief,or low energy. Some people think that depression is normal with age. But it's not. Older adults may go through major life changes or challenges that trigger depression. Such things as losing a spouse,living with a ...

    7. 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.

    8. Depression in Children and Teens - Cause

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

    9. Baby Blues - Topic Overview

      Many women get postpartum blues, also called the baby blues, during the first few days after childbirth. They may lose sleep, feel irritable, cry easily, and feel happy one minute and sad the next. Hormone changes are one cause of these emotional changes. Also, the demands of a new baby, coupled with visits from relatives or other family needs, add to a mother's stress. The baby blues usually peak around the fourth day and then ease up in less than 2 weeks. Symptoms Symptoms of the baby blues include:1Trouble sleeping.Mood swings.Tearfulness.Anxiety.Sadness. Hopelessness.Irritability.Poor concentration.In some women, sometime in the first 3 months after delivery, the baby blues become a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Postpartum depression affects up to 15 out of 100 women.1 If your moodiness or anxiety lasts for more than 2 weeks, or if you feel like life isn't worth living, you may have postpartum depression. For more information, see the topic Postpartum

    10. Depression in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

      People's ideas about depression have changed over the years. New technology and new research show that depression is a disease,just like asthma or heart failure. Here are some myths and facts about depression. Myth Fact "Depression isn't real." "It's something in your head." "It's being lazy." Depression is a disease of the brain. Experts believe that certain brain chemicals go out of ...

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