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, M.D., Ph.D.
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
May 01, 2010
Half of people diagnosed with major depression are not helped by current antidepressant medication; and while depression is believed to have a large genetic...
Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
From Breakthroughs, 2010 “When we understand populations at risk, periods of risk, all situations of risk,” says three-time NARSAD Distinguished Investigator...
E. Jane Costello, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
E. Jane Costello, Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
From Breakthroughs, 2010 Only relatively recently has it been recognized that many mental illnesses begin early in life. Studies have shown that among young...
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
Stigma persists. Yet we are fortunate to live in an era in which major depression and other serious mental illnesses are considered just that — biologically-...
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D.
August 01, 2006
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health used a 2005 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant to further studies on what is being...

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