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  1. Depression and Diet

    While science hasn't discovered a dietary cure for depression, research shows that eating nutrient-rich foods and getting sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals may help your mood. Learn more from the experts at WebMD.

  2. Seasonal Affective Disorder: Using Light Therapy

    Key pointsBright light therapy is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD).1, 2Light therapy is easy and safe. It has few side effects and can be done at home.People who have eye problems or take medications that cause sensitivity to light should not use light therapy without first consulting a health professional. What is light therapy? Why is light therapy used to treat SAD?

  3. 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.

  4. Talk to Others About Depression - Topic Overview

    Depression is a medical problem,and you have the right to keep it private. But if it harms your relationships,it may help to talk to your partner,friends,or children about it. Talking to your partner or friends Explain depression to your partner or friends. Be honest about it. Tell them it's a health problem,and that you are being treated. Tell them how it makes you feel. Help them ...

  5. Depression: Dealing With Medicine Side Effects

    Side effects are a common problem for people who take antidepressants. If you are bothered by side effects, reading this information can help you learn to manage these problems.

  6. 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 ...

  7. Symptoms of Depression - Topic Overview

    You may be depressed if you have at least five of these symptoms for 2 weeks or longer,and one of the symptoms is either sadness or loss of interest. You feel sad or hopeless. You lose interest in or stop getting pleasure from most daily activities. You lose or gain a lot of weight because of changes in how hungry you feel. You sleep too much or too little. You feel restless and unable to ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Tricyclic and Tetracyclic Antidepressants for Depression

    WebMD explains how tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants balance certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that cause depression when out of balance.

  10. Myths and Facts About Depression - Topic Overview

    People's ideas about depression have changed over the years. New technology and new research show that depression is a disease,just like asthma or heart failure. Here are some myths and facts about depression. Myth Fact "Depression isn't real." "It's something in your head." "It's being lazy." Depression is a disease of the brain. Experts believe that certain brain chemicals go out of ...

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