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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Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on mental illness
Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D.
December 02, 2016
An analysis of 37 different imaging studies of the brain’s white matter in patients with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders found that these...
 Luis de Lecea, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Luis de Lecea, Ph.D.
November 02, 2016
New experiments show that brain cells called VTA dopaminergic neurons are directly responsible for causing and maintaining wakefulness in mice. When these...
J. John Mann, M.D., expert on depression research
J. John Mann, M.D.
October 03, 2016
One of the side effects of using antidepressant medications of the SSRI class (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may be an increased risk of bone loss...
Ming-Hu Han, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research expert on depression
Ming-Hu Han, Ph.D.
September 30, 2016
From The Quarterly, September 2016 Researchers have developed a new therapeutic strategy for treating depression. As described in a paper published May 24 in...
Carlos A. Zarate, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Fast-Acting Antidepressants
Carlos A. Zarate, M.D.
September 30, 2016
From The Quarterly, September 2016 “Imagine you had a compound that does what ketamine does, but without its side effects or risk of addiction,” says Carlos A...

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