Depression

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.

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Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD
Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD
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Professional hockey player Wade Belak
Wade Belak
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Michael Posner, Ph.D.
Michael Posner, Ph.D.
September 07, 2011
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Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD
Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD
September 02, 2011
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Scientific Council Member, John  H.  Krystal, MD
John H. Krystal, MD.
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