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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ...

  6. Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) for Depression

    Drug details for Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for depression.

  7. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) for Depression

    Drug details for Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression.

  8. Other Antidepressants for Depression

    Drug details for Atypical antidepressants for depression.

  9. Feeling Depressed - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Getting help for someone you think is depressed Supporting someone who has depression ...

  10. Feeling Depressed - Check Your Symptoms

    WebMD provides questions to check symptoms of depression. This may help you determine if your symptoms indicate seeing a doctor.

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