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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Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, Salk Institute Expert on Depression
Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.
July 24, 2012
Two Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Members have announced promising results of clinical trials of a ketamine-alternative called...
Robert Malenka, M.D, Ph.D., Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and expert in Depression
Robert Malenka, M.D, Ph.D.
July 13, 2012
A recently published study led by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member Robert Malenka, M.D, Ph.D. identifies a new molecular...
Olivier Berton, Ph.D., a two-time NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
Olivier Berton, Ph.D.
June 29, 2012
Elevated levels of a class of hormones called glucocorticoids have long been linked to anxiety disorders and depression. It is known that the presence of too...
Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D., Professor Psychiatry and Professor of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology Yale School of Medicine
Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D.
June 27, 2012
Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, is the principal author of a new study that has found that the gene neuritin...
Michael Posner, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Professor at the Weill Medical College in New York
Michael Posner, Ph.D.
June 14, 2012
Scientific Council Member Michael Posner led a study that demonstrates that just one month of meditation training has positive effects on mental health. ...

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