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Depression Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Depression

  1. Depression in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

    Everyday events and our reactions to them sometimes interfere with our sense of well - being and peace of mind. It is common to get the blues or become sad when disappointed.

  2. Depression in Children and Teens - 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 Children and Teens - Topic Overview

    Antidepressants are used to treat depression,anxiety,or both by correcting imbalances in brain chemistry. For people who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),doses much lower than those usually used to treat depression can help relieve symptoms of IBS such as pain,bloating,and feeling like you are unable to pass a stool. 1 They may be used to treat chronic,unremitting abdominal pain that ...

  4. Postpartum Depression - Prevention

    Although you can't prevent the postpartum hormone changes that cause postpartum blues, you can take steps to prevent ongoing postpartum depression.

  5. Depression in Children and Teens - 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 ...

  6. Depression in Children and Teens - 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Baby Blues - Topic Overview

    Many women get postpartum blues, also called the baby blues, during the first few days after childbirth. They may lose sleep, feel irritable, cry easily, and feel happy one minute and sad the next. Hormone changes are one cause of these emotional changes. Also, the demands of a new baby, coupled with visits from relatives or other family needs, add to a mother's stress. The baby blues usually peak around the fourth day and then ease up in less than 2 weeks. Symptoms Symptoms of the baby blues include:1Trouble sleeping.Mood swings.Tearfulness.Anxiety.Sadness. Hopelessness.Irritability.Poor concentration.In some women, sometime in the first 3 months after delivery, the baby blues become a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Postpartum depression affects up to 15 out of 100 women.1 If your moodiness or anxiety lasts for more than 2 weeks, or if you feel like life isn't worth living, you may have postpartum depression. For more information, see the topic Postpartum

  9. Depression in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

    What is light therapy?Light therapy (phototherapy) is exposure to light that is brighter than indoor light but not as bright as direct sunlight. Do not use ultraviolet light, full - spectrum light, heat lamps, or tanning lamps for light therapy.Light therapy may help with depression and may help reset your "biological clock" (circadian rhythms), which controls sleeping and waking.Typically, you si

  10. Postpartum Depression - Treatment Overview

    The sooner treatment starts for postpartum depression, the better. Learn about postpartum depression treatment.

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