Depression is an emotionally and physically painful condition that can stem from a variety of causes. Learn about the symptoms of depression as well as effective treatments and therapies available.

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Here's How You Help a Friend With Depression

You may not be a professional therapist, but you might be the only person around to observe that a loved one is depressed or suicidal. What's the best way to help?

'Gloomy Sunday:' The Song Linked to More Than 100 Suicides

Can a song or music really push a person that far to the edge?

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.

Does Your Doctor Screen You for Depression? Why Not?

Experts are recommending that U.S. primary care physicians screen all adults for depression.

Can watching too much TV at night make you depressed?

Watching television has been blamed for all sorts of ills, including childhood obesity and the escalating violence in society. Is it time to add another to the list: depression?

Is there a blood test for depression?

Depression is a difficult condition to diagnose — a questionnaire is the primary method used these days. There are some promising diagnostic tools on the horizon, including a blood test. How reliable is this new test?

Can cognitive behavior therapy help treat depression?

The relatively new field of cognitive behavior therapy is gaining credence as another tool in fighting the dark moods of depression.

Is there a link between depression and menopause?

Menopause is a phase in a woman's life that's marked by irregularities. But one change that gets less attention is one of psychological health: depression.

What is atypical depression?

For most people experiencing odd medical symptoms that don't seem to go together, getting a diagnosis is a relief. But a diagnosis containing the word "atypical" might leave you a little uneasy.

How are hormones and depression related in adults?

Each year, millions of adults experience persistent feelings of worthlessness and despair that may last weeks, months or more. Are hormones to blame?

Does depression run in families?

Some families are good at sports, while others seem to have politics in their blood. But not all family traits are desirable. Can depression be hereditary?

How are depression and anxiety related?

Depression and anxiety are in the same family of mental distress. They have similar roots, but how similar are their symptoms and treatments?

What happens when depression is turned inward?

Everyone feels deflated now again, but those with depression chronically experience deep sadness. What happens when you bottle up your emotions, rather than confront them?

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.

What is the link between depression and anger?

A person who's depressed may lash out at loved ones, or even strangers, and seem uncharacteristically consumed with rage. Where does that anger come from, and how can you treat it?

Why are alcohol and depression so commonly linked?

Studies have found that if you're diagnosed with either alcohol abuse or depression, you have a higher chance of being diagnosed with the other. How are the two connected, and which usually shows up first?

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.

Reactive Depression

Depression can seem debilitating no matter what triggers it. But how is reactive -- or situational -- depression different from clinical depression? We'll tell you.