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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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

  3. Depression - Cause

    Depression is a disease. It is not caused by personal weakness and is not a character flaw. When you have depression,chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters are out of balance. Most experts believe a combination of family history (your genes ) and stressful life events may cause depression. Genes: Your chance of having a bout of depression is greater if other family members have had ...

  4. Depression in Children and Teens - Medications

    Read about medications used to treat depression in children and teens.

  5. 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

  6. Postpartum Depression - Topic Overview

    WebMD explains what PPD (postpartum depression) is and what causes it. Learn the signs to look for and what increases your risk.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Depression in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

    WebMD explains what childhood or adolescent depresion is, who gets it, symptoms to watch for, and how to help your child treat his or her depression.

  9. Depression - Therapy

    Counseling and psychotherapy are important parts of treatment for depression. You will work with a mental health professional such as a psychologist,licensed professional counselor,clinical social worker,or psychiatrist. Together,you will develop an action plan to treat your depression. The first step is finding a therapist you trust and feel comfortable with. The therapist also should ...

  10. Depression - Prevention

    There is little research on whether you can prevent a first bout of depression. But several studies suggest that exercise may help prevent a first bout of depression. 6,7 Exercise also may help prevent depression from coming back ( relapse ) and may improve symptoms of mild depression. 6,7 If you worry about getting depression,talk to your doctor. Regular screening for depression helps ...

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