Depression Facts

Depression facts offer clarity for this often misunderstood condition. Separate truth from myth about the causes, symptoms and treatment of depression.

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Depression Overview

It's normal to feel sad sometimes, but what if that feeling becomes debilitating? Major depression can interfere with daily life and cause secondary health problems.


Suicide Afflicts Farmers at Rate Shockingly Higher Than All Other Jobs

A new study shows that suicide afflicts farmers in the United States at a rate consistently higher than any other profession.

5 Common Depressive Behaviors

Symptoms of depression and the behaviors they cause don't occur in a vacuum. They're connected, and they feed off of each other. Do you know how to spot the signs?

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression

For people who have been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, vagus nerve stimulation may offer some promise. But there are caveats.

Understanding Dysthmyia

Have a friend who's a bit negative, cynical and generally the proverbial party pooper? He or she could be dealing with dysthymia.

The Geriatric Depression Scale

How can you tell when someone is depressed? Sometimes, it's obvious. But when normal signs of aging make it difficult to know for sure, the Geriatric Depression Scale can help.

Understanding Seasonal Depression

While many people celebrate the changing of the seasons, for others it triggers episodes of depression. Find out what seasonal affective disorder is and how it can be managed.

Is there a link between adoption and depression?

Everyone gets a little blue every now and then, but for people who suffer from Major Depressive Disorder, sadness is a frequent and debilitating part of life. Are adoptees more likely than others to have this illness?

Understanding Psychotic Depression

Most people understand what depression is, while the word "psychosis" brings to mind images created in part by TV stereotypes. But what is psychotic depression and how is it treated?

Major Depressive Disorder Explained

We've all been sad. But when you've got major depressive disorder, the symptoms last more than two weeks at a time. Recognizing its presence is the first step toward getting better.

Catatonic Depression

Depression is fairly common, but catatonic depression, more commonly known as major depression with catatonic features, is unusual. Find out what defines this state of depression and how it is normally treated.