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Did you know that almost 7% of the U.S. population is diagnosed with depression?
Clinical depression is a serious condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, and significantly interferes with daily life. Untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years; and if inadequately treated, depression can lead to other health-related issues. Symptoms include: a depressed mood most of the day, every day; diminished interest in daily activities; changes in appetite and sleeping patterns; fatigue; restlessness; anxiety; feelings of worthlessness or helplessness; difficulty concentrating; increased alcohol or drug use; thoughts of death or suicide.
NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ featured two Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Members on the topic of depression, neuroscience and Prozac as ‘a blockbuster’. The term “chemical imbalance” has referred...
Cognitive abilities tend to decline with age. Although there is considerable variability in degree from one person to another, a large percentage of the very old develop dementia. By contrast, depression is not a normal...
An Impressive Year of Progress: from establishing early intervention techniques and working toward diagnostic tools, to proving the effectiveness of next generation therapies, to advancing basic research and our...
Recent research has shown that children as young as 3 years old can experience symptoms of clinical depression. Research has also shown that half of all cases of depression arise during childhood. While evidence suggests...