St. John's Wort - Topic Overview
What is St. John's wort?St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant with yellow flowers that people in European countries have used for centuries to treat depression. In the United States, it is sold as a dietary supplement and can be found at health food stores and pharmacies. What is St. John's wort used for?St. John's wort is effective in the short - term treatment of mild to moderate ...
Depression and Chronic Pain
Can chronic pain cause clinical depression? Here’s information about how chronic pain and depression interact and the effect each one has on the other.
Serotonin Syndrome - Topic Overview
Taking certain medicines together can cause a serious but uncommon condition called serotonin syndrome. The problem can happen if you are taking a triptan,used for migraines,along with an antidepressant medicine such as an SSRI or an SNRI. SSRIs are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors,and SNRIs are selective serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. Symptoms of serotonin syndrome ...
Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed? - What does this tool measure?
WebMD's depression tool can help assess whether you have signs and symptoms of depression. This tool may help you find out whether you should see a doctor.
Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed? - 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. Risk of depression ...
Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed? - What does your score mean?
The more symptoms of depression you have, the higher your score will be. Your score will appear as one of the following ranges: You are unlikely to be clinically depressed.You may be suffering from mild to moderate depression. You may be suffering from major depression. As with all screening tools, a higher score does not necessarily mean that you are depressed, and a lower score does not ...
Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed? - What's next?
If your symptoms include thoughts or plans involving harming yourself or another person, detachment from reality (psychosis), or excessive use of alcohol or drugs, contact your health professional for help right away. Many people with depression delay seeking medical advice and treatment because they believe depression is not serious or they think they can get through it, or even beat it, on ...
Glossary of Depression Terms
WebMD provides definitions of terms related to depression.
WebMD's Symptom Finder: Physical Symptoms of Depression - Chest
Chest pain and a rapid heartbeat can be symptoms of lung or heart problems, even serious ones like a heart attack. But did you know they can also be symptoms of depression and anxiety? Learn more from WebMD about how depression and anxiety can affect your body.
Helping a Depressed Loved One
Helping a loved one cope with depression can be key to his or her recovery. But it isn't always going to be easy. WebMD offers tips for caregivers.