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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Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D. of the National Institute of Mental Health
Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D.
August 24, 2016
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in combination with antidepressant medication rapidly relieves the symptoms of major depression in older adults, according to a...
Amit Anand, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on bipolar disorder
Amit Anand, M.D.
August 01, 2016
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe neural connectivity in the brains of bipolar disorder patients, scientists have identified...
Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.
July 01, 2016
Adults who have major depressive disorder are less likely to respond to antidepressant medications if they experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as...
Holly A. Swartz, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Depression
Holly A. Swartz, M.D.
June 13, 2016
When mothers who suffer from major depression undergo a brief period of psychotherapy, they and their children both benefit, according to research reported...
Emory University, and including 1999 NARSAD Independent Investigator Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D. of Emory University, 1999 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee
Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D.
May 16, 2016
In an analysis of the results of 114 prior studies, scientists have found that some people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder...

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