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What is depression, and how can I find treatment for it?

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Almost all of us feel low sometimes, usually because of a disturbing or difficult event in our lives. But sadness or despair that lasts for a while can be caused by depression, a serious condition that warrants treatment. Talking to your primary care doctor can be a good place to start. Your doctor can screen you for depression and help treat your symptoms.

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American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Shelton C. , 2004.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Hu, Z. 2005.  Drugs,

Szegedi, A. March 5, 2005.  British Medical Journal,

National Institute of Mental Health.

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

World Health Organization: "Depression - Key Facts."

National Alliance on Mental Health: "Mental Health By the Numbers."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Major Depression."

CDC: "Children's Mental Health."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Shelton C. , 2004.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Hu, Z. 2005.  Drugs,

Szegedi, A. March 5, 2005.  British Medical Journal,

National Institute of Mental Health.

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

World Health Organization: "Depression - Key Facts."

National Alliance on Mental Health: "Mental Health By the Numbers."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Major Depression."

CDC: "Children's Mental Health."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2019

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