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Medical Reference Related to Depression

  1. Depression Glossary

    For simple depression definitions and explanations of treatments, see this depression glossary.

  2. Depression Statistics and Symptoms

    How many Americans suffer depression? Test your knowledge.

  3. Dealing With Chronic Illnesses and Depression

    Depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness. Find out which illnesses are related to depression along with the symptoms and treatments of this type of depression.

  4. Atypical Depression

    WebMD examines atypical depression -- a type of depression that can be difficult to treat. Find out what causes it, how it's diagnosed, and what can be done about it.

  5. Bipolar Disorder

    Get the basics about bipolar disorder -- including causes, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment -- from the experts at WebMD.

  6. A Depression Recovery Lifestyle

    A healthy lifestyle is important to recovery from depression, and WebMD offers tips to help make recovery successful.

  7. After Depression: Working on Your Relationships

    Depression can affect your relationships, and WebMD offers tips on strengthening relationships and getting support during your recovery. Learn more about depression and relationships.

  8. Depression Medicines

    WebMD explains the different types of depression medicines and how you can most effectively treat your depression with medications and lifestyle improvements.

  9. 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: 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.

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