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 ...
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: 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 - Medicines
Antidepressant medicines may improve or completely relieve the symptoms of depression. If you are mildly depressed,you may not have to take them,but most people with moderate or severe depression need medicine. Antidepressant medicines work in different ways. No antidepressant works better than another,but different ones work better or worse for different people. The side effects of ...
Depression - Living With Depression
When you're going through depression,you can't just shake if off. You might have a couple of good days followed by a bad day or a string of bad days. And you don't know how long it will last. Depression is not like the flu or a sprained ankle,where your doctor can tell you about how long it will take to get better. When you're getting better,many experts call it recovery. Recovery is ...
Depression - Treatment Overview
Depression can be treated in various ways. Counseling,psychotherapy,and antidepressant medicines may all be used. Lifestyle changes,such as getting more exercise,also may help. Your doctor or mental health professional will help you find the best treatment. For severe depression,a very small number of people may need to stay in a hospital for a short time,especially if they are thinking ...
Depression: Helping Someone Get Treatment
Your loved one or friend doesn't seem the same. You thought it was the blues,but it's been going on for weeks. And it seems much worse than that. Is your friend grieving over something? Or could it be depression ? If you want to learn more about grieving,see the topic Grief and Grieving. But if you think someone close to you is depressed,urge him or her to see a doctor. This Actionset ...
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 ...
Depression - What Happens
Depression is different for everyone. For some people,a bout of depression begins with symptoms of anxiety (such as worrying a lot),sadness,or lack of energy. This may go on for days or months before you or others think you are depressed. And other people may feel depressed suddenly. This may happen after a big change in life,such as the loss of a loved one or a serious accident. It's ...
Depression - Other Treatment
Other treatments for depression include brain stimulation and treatment with herbs or dietary supplements. Brain stimulation Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used to treat severe depression or depression that does not get better with medicine and counseling or therapy. In ECT,electricity is briefly sent to the brain through electrodes placed on your head. Studies have shown that ECT is ...