What Is Depression?

Depression is a common yet complex mental health condition. People with depression feel sad, empty, or hopeless much of the time. It’s more than a case of the blues; depression looms like a storm cloud that won’t let sunshine peak through.

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12 Types of Depression, and What You Need to Know About Each

There's more than one kind of depression. Here, experts explain major depression, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression, and more.
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10 Signs You Should See a Doctor for Depression

Experts explain how to know when being down in the dumps has crossed over into full-blown depression.
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10 Things to Say (and 10 Not to Say) to Someone With Depression

What do you tell someone who’s depressed? All too often, it’s the wrong thing. Here are 10 things to say—and 10 things you should never say—to someone battling depression.
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How to Help Someone Who's Depressed

When someone is clinically depressed, you want to be there for that person. But keep in mind that this is a medical condition, so support may mean more than just offering a shoulder to cry on. Here are nine things you can do for someone with depression.
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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.
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About 70% of people in the United States are overweight and, in a catch-22, many of the drugs used to treat conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can cause weight gain. Here are 13 drugs that could cause you to put on pounds.
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Is Depression Genetic? Here’s What Experts Have to Say

This is what you need to know if you have a family member who has depression.