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Everybody feels sad once in a while. Depression, on the other hand, is a complex condition characterized by profound sadness, lethargy, feelings of worthlessness, and a loss of interest in social activities. About 15 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with clinical depression each year.

Depression Journey

First Things First: This Is Not Your Fault and It Can Be Treated

Depression is more than the blues. It's a chronic illness that, left untreated, can worsen. Educating yourself on the symptoms and treatments is the first step to feeling better.

Depression News

  • Child Abuse Costs Nations Billions of Dollars a Year: Panel

    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Child abuse costs nations worldwide billions of dollars a year, experts report. In high-income nations, the median cost of child abuse equals a loss of 1.2 percent of per capita income, or $150 billion a year in the United States. The estimated cost in China — a middle-income country [...]

  • Antidepressant Effexor Linked to Postpartum Bleeding in Study

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) appears to increase a pregnant woman’s risk of excess bleeding following labor, researchers say. Effexor, a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), was linked with a more than 70 percent increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage in a study of more than 300,000 Canadian pregnancies. The [...]

  • Neanderthal DNA May Play Role in Modern Human Health

    THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Neanderthal DNA has a subtle but significant impact on modern human health, including nicotine addiction, depression and blood clotting, a new study suggests. It’s been known since 2010 that between 1 percent and 4 percent of DNA in people with Eurasian ancestry is from Neanderthals. But the impact of [...]

  • Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Still Poorly Understood: Report

    THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists and doctors still lack good insight into Gulf War illness and other health problems plaguing U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, a new report says. More than $500 million in U.S. government-funded research on Gulf War veterans was conducted between 1994 and 2014, producing many results. [...]

  • Lasting Damage Seen in LGBT Teens Who Suffer Harassment

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems, a new study suggests. “With bullying, I think people often assume ‘That’s just kids teasing kids,’ and that’s not true,” said study author Brian Mustanski, director of Northwestern University’s Institute [...]

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