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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Depression in Children and Teens - Prevention

    It is difficult to prevent a first episode of depression, but it may be possible to prevent or reduce the severity of future episodes of depression (relapses). There is some evidence that if a child receives cognitive - behavioral therapy (CBT) in a group

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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.

  7. Depression - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or the national suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or other emergency services if you (or someone you care about who has depression ): Plan to harm yourself or others. Talk,write,read,or draw about death,including writing suicide notes and talking about items that can harm you,such as pills,guns,or knives. Buy guns or bullets,stockpile medicines,or take other action ...

  8. Depression in Children and Teens - What Increases Your Risk

    Several factors increase a young person's chance of developing depression, including having a parent or immediate family member who is depressed. This is the most important risk factor for depression in children.

  9. Depression - Exams and Tests

    Depression may be diagnosed when you talk to your doctor about feeling sad or when your doctor asks you questions and discovers that you are feeling sad. You may be seeing your doctor because you feel sad or because you have another health problem or concern. If your doctor thinks you are depressed,he or she will ask you questions about your health and feelings. This is called a mental health ...

  10. 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 ...

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