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.

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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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