Depression in Children and Teens - Other Treatment
Learn about professional counseling for childhood and adolescent depression.
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
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
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 ...
Depression - Topic Overview
Is this topic for you? This topic covers depression in adults. For information on: Depression in young people,see the topic Depression in Children and Teens. Depression after childbirth,see the topic Postpartum Depression. Depression followed by times of high energy,see the topic Bipolar Disorder. Depression and suicide,see Depression and suicide. What is depression? Depression is an ...
Depression: Taking Antidepressants Safely
If your doctor has prescribed antidepressants, following these guidelines can reduce problems and help you get the most benefit from your medicine.
Depression: Supporting Someone Who Is Depressed
If someone you care about has been diagnosed with depression,you may feel helpless. Maybe you're watching a once-vibrant person slide into inactivity or seeing a good friend lose interest in activities that he or she used to enjoy. The change in your loved one's or friend's behavior may be so great that you feel you no longer know him or her.
Depression in Older Adults - 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 ...
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
Depression - Symptoms
The symptoms of depression may be hard to notice at first. They can be different from person to person,and you may confuse them with just feeling "off" or "down." You also may confuse the symptoms with another health problem. The two most common symptoms of depression are: Feeling sad or hopeless nearly every day. Losing interest in or not getting pleasure from most daily activities,and you ...