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Depression

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

  • Some U.S. Troops May Face Greater Skin Cancer Risk

    FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. military troops deployed to sunny climates may have an increased risk of skin cancer, according to a new study. Many returning troops reported getting sunburned while serving abroad, researchers revealed. In some cases, military personnel developed blisters on their skin or noticed a change in the color, [...]

  • U.S. Gun Deaths Lowest in Hawaii, Highest in D.C.

    FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to firearm deaths, Hawaii has the fewest gun deaths in the United States, while the District of Columbia has the highest, according to new research. Over the past decade, deaths from gun-related violence — including murders, suicides and unintentional shootings — varied widely across the United [...]

  • Grief Can Weigh on Immune System in Older Folks, Study Says

    THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people become more physically vulnerable during bereavement, new research shows. That’s because the balance of stress hormones during bereavement changes with age, British researchers say. As a result, older people who are grieving are more likely to have weakened immune systems and develop infections, the study found. “During the [...]

  • One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests. The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better understanding the brain’s response to widely prescribed antidepressants. Experts [...]

  • Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer, Says New Report

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, compared to just 3 million in 1971, the American Association for Cancer Research reported Tuesday. These individuals amount to 4 percent of the population and include nearly 380,000 survivors of childhood cancer, according to the association’s annual [...]

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