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Medical Reference Related to Depression

  1. Depression Diagnosis

    Are you concerned about clinical depression? Find out how a doctor makes a depression diagnosis.

  2. Dysthymia (Mild, Chronic Depression)

    Need to learn more about chronic depression or dysthymia? Find out about dysthymia’s symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments such as antidepressants and psychotherapy.

  3. Causes of Depression

    Discover the different causes of depression. From genetics to illnesses and medications to major life events here’s what we know.

  4. Coping With Side Effects of Antidepressants

    People with depression often stop medication because of side effects. But antidepressants can be key to recovery, and WebMD gives you ways to reduce the side effects.

  5. Bipolar Disorder

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

  6. Depression Glossary

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

  7. A Depression Recovery Lifestyle

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

  8. 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.

  9. Depression Medicines

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

  10. 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

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