Depression Is Devastating


Surprising Causes of Winter Depression

When the weather turns cold and daylight dwindles, it's easy to blame seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for a blue mood. But before you flip on a light box, make sure these other seasonal mood-busters aren't dragging you down.   View slideshow


15 Myths and Facts About Suicide and Depression

Depression is more common than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined, and nearly 400,000 people attempt suicide in the U.S. every year. Here are 15 myths and facts about depression and suicide.   View slideshow


6 Signs It May Be More Than PMS

If you find yourself in a serious emotional funk that goes so far as to disrupt your work and relationships, you may have premenstrual dysphoric disorder. If the blues continue after your period, it could be a sign of depression or bipolar disorder.   View slideshow


5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Depression

How do you know if your doctor is using the best strategies for treating your depression? Ask these smart, targeted questions to find out if you're really on the road to recovery.   View slideshow


12 Surprising Causes of Depression

There are many well-known depression triggers: Trauma, grief, financial troubles, and unemployment are just a few. But if you are depressed and none of these apply to you, it can be hard to pinpoint a specific cause.   View slideshow


Hysteria, Demons, and More: Depression Throughout History

You’re not depressed, you’re possessed by demons! The notion's ridiculous. But this is just one of many different "causes" attributed to depression throughout history. Here are 12 reasons for depression—according to our misinformed ancestors.   View slideshow


7 Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Everyone feels a little melancholy when the days get shorter. But for some people, the change in the seasons brings with it something more serious than the blues: seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression that can be debilitating.   View slideshow

How You Might React to a Depression Diagnosis

Some people don't want to admit they have a problem, and why that's normal
"People tend to react strongly in one of two ways when I tell them that they have clinical depression," says Rakesh Jain, MD, director of psychopharmacology at R/D Clinical Research Center in Lake Jackson, Texas. "Many people experience extreme relief. It's huge. They know they're not crazy, weak, or stupid." ...   Read More


12 Signs You Suffer From Summer Depression

From vacation envy and arm-flab anxiety to actual summer-onset seasonal affective disorder (yes, it exists), here's what may be dragging you down during the dog days of summer.   View slideshow

Getting the Mental Health Help You Need and Can Afford

You may not need a high-priced doctor, even for medication
Medical professionals who treat depression fall into two groups: Those who can prescribe antidepressant medications and those who can't. Any medical professional with a medical degree can prescribe antidepressants. Family physicians, internists, and ob-gyns prescribe the majority of antidepressants but are usually not trained to provide psychotherapy or counseling...   Read More

How to Recognize the Symptoms of Depression

Is it more than just the blues? Check out these physical and emotional clues
Everybody feels down for a day or two. But one in 14 American adults—15 million in all—has clinical depression each year. Depression is a complex condition characterized by profound sadness, lethargy, feelings of worthlessness, and a loss of interest in social activities...   Read More

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