Depression Basics

Depression is a mental health illness that affects one in 10 Americans.More than just feeling down, clinical depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that don’t go away on their own. It is essential to recognize that feeling down on occasion is a normal – and important – part of life. Sad and distressful events occur in everyone’s life, and responding to them emotionally is healthy. However, feeling miserable consistently and without any sense of hope is not normal, and should be treated as a serious medical condition.

People experience depression in different ways. It can often interfere with a person’s daily responsibilities and relationships. Left untreated, the condition may last for months or years and often becomes worse. However, depression is a treatable medical condition, and those who seek treatment often see improvements in their symptoms.

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Types of Depression

Research indicates that depression most likely stems from chemical, genetic, and environmental factors. Not all types of depression share the same symptoms and diagnostic criteria.  More »

Manic Depression Symptoms

Manic depression symptoms run a wide array of behaviors due to the nature of this mental illness. Also called bipolar disorder, manic depression is characterized by episodes or phases of extreme elation and extreme sadness.  More »

Lexapro Withdrawal

Lexapro withdrawal symptoms can appear if a person stops taking this medication suddenly. That's why doctors recommend gradually tapering the dose of antidepressant medications to avoid these often unpleasant symptoms.  More »

Celexa Withdrawal

People who are going off of their antidepressant medication, or are switching medications, need to be aware of the possibility of experiencing symptoms from abrupt Celexa withdrawal.  More »

Beck Depression Inventory

The Beck Depression Inventory, or BDI, is a 21-question test designed to assess the degree and severity of depressive symptoms. The BDI is designed to be conducted by a knowledgeable mental health care provider, and is not recommended for self-administration.  More »

Herbs for Depression

Because pharmaceutical antidepressants are widely available, many people coping with depression don't give medicinal herbs for depression a second look. When used appropriately and under the guidance of a qualified expert, these botanical medicines can be an ideal option for some people with depression.  More »

Citalopram Side Effects

Citalopram side effects can be quite variable. Citalopram is a medication used to treat depression. It falls into the class of medications known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.  More »

Bipolar Disorder Test

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that causes alternating cycles of extreme highs (mania) and severe lows (depression). While there is no specific bipolar disorder test used to diagnose the illness, trained mental health specialists employ a variety of methods to determine its presence and severity.  More »

Depression Facts

Depression is mental illness that ranges in severity and there are certain depression facts that are somewhat surprising and relatively unknown to most people.  More »

What is Serotonin?

If you have ever explored treatment options for a mood disorder such as depression or generalized anxiety, you have probably come across the term "serotonin." But what is serotonin, and what role does it play in your body?  More »

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