Depression

Did you know major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States?

Almost 7% of the U.S. population is diagnosed with depression. Tweet >

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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Anthony Grace, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on depression
Anthony Grace, Ph.D.
July 28, 2015
In the hours that follow the use of addictive drugs, dopamine neurons in the brain dampen their signals. The pleasurable feelings triggered by the drug are...
Andrew McIntosh, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Andrew McIntosh, M.D.
July 14, 2015
An international team of scientists has analyzed the brain scans of thousands of people and concluded that a structure important to memory, the hippocampus, is...
Michael L. Lutter, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on eating disorders
Dr. Michael L. Lutter
April 28, 2015
New research has shed light on how disruption of a protein called ESRRA, which is linked to eating disorders, affects behavior. ESRRA (an acronym for estrogen-...
Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder & depression
Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D.
April 17, 2015
Researchers have found that certain fatty acids, including omega-3, work better to reduce symptoms of depression in people with higher signs of bodily...
David T. Hsu, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
David T. Hsu, Ph.D.
March 26, 2015
Researchers have found that differences in one of the brain’s systems which regulates physical pain may explain why social rejection hurts so badly for people...

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