Depression News

Depression is a sustained mental state that leaves people feeling so sad and in despair that it affects their daily life. Feeling sad or down from time to time is a completely normal part of life, but when that sadness is so extreme or long-lasting that it impacts your life as well as the lives of those around you, you might have depression.

Symptoms and Types

Symptoms of depression go beyond mere sadness. They often include feelings of hopelessness, guilt, pessimism and other negative thoughts that are so severe that they affect the person's interaction with others. People with depression also shun activities that were once interesting or pleasurable to them, such as hobbies or sex. They may have fatigue, lack of energy and oversleep. Or, they might have insomnia and be anxious and irritable. The symptoms may even manifest themselves physically in the form of aches, pains, cramps or digestive problems.

When the symptoms last for at least two weeks and are obvious but not severe, this is usually considered minor depression. If the depression progresses to the point where it's disabling and affecting the person’s ability to function normally, it's considered major depressive disorder. There are other forms of depression as well, including postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder and depression related to dysthymic disorder or bipolar disorder.

Causes of Depression

Everyone is at risk for depression. It affects about 25 million Americans, or 5 to 8 percent of the population. But it does occur 70 percent more often in women than in men. The reasons why are complex, but it's probably due to a combination of family history, issues in a person’s life and biological or psychological factors.

Treatment

Everyone with depression, even minor depression, can benefit from treatment. Several medications can help with symptoms, and most people with depression can also benefit from some form of counseling with a trained therapist. Usually, some combination of the two approaches is used to treat depression.

SOURCES: U.S. National Institute of Mental Health; National Alliance on Mental Illness

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4/18/2017
Studies Question Link Between Mom's Antidepressant Use, Autism in Kids

After accounting for other factors that raise chances of the disorder, the increased risk disappeared

4/17/2017
Just 1 in 5 Mentally Ill Women Gets Cervical Cancer Screenings

Rates of the disease tend to be higher in this group, researcher says

4/17/2017
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4/10/2017
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People with these traits more likely to be healthier, less lonely and more financially stable, study finds

4/10/2017
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But more recent symptoms may be part of the disease

4/6/2017
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Those who perspire excessively may have hyperhidrosis

4/5/2017
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Review suggests many seniors struggle to get deep, restorative slumber, adding to health problems

4/5/2017
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3/30/2017
Climate Change May Cloud Americans' Mental Health: Report

Projected weather-related disasters will fuel anxiety, depression, psychologists' group warns

3/29/2017
Trauma as a Teen May Boost Depression Risk Around Menopause

Likelihood was more than twice as high, study reports

3/22/2017
Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse

Rates of PTSD and depression are higher, but so too are liver problems and back pain, study finds

3/20/2017
Drugs for Prostate Trouble, Balding Not Linked to Suicide Risk

However, medications like Propecia, Proscar may be tied to depression, study finds

3/16/2017
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A special combination of dietary supplements may lower risk of postpartum depression, study finds.

3/14/2017
Blood Test Might Someday Distinguish Early Depression, Schizophrenia

A screen is still in development stages but could be important, especially for adolescents, experts say

3/13/2017
Can Supplements Ward Off the 'Baby Blues'?

Researchers look to nutrients to offset temporary brain-chemical changes in new mothers

3/10/2017
Sinus Trouble Can Lead to Depression, Lost Work

For people with chronic nasal problems, mood is key reason for calling in sick, study finds

3/9/2017
Hold That Pose: Yoga May Ease Tough Depression

Study finds weekly sessions, plus deep breathing, helped ease cases when medications failed

3/8/2017
Depression May Hasten Death in Years After Heart Diagnosis

Mental health screening recommended over the long term, study suggests

2/24/2017
Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Mood disorder may increase inflammation throughout the body, researcher says

2/23/2017
Study Links Psychiatric Disorders to Stroke Risk

Mental health woes may trigger chronic fight-or-flight response, researchers suggest

2/22/2017
Bleeding Strokes Take Heavy Toll on Brain

Study found increased risk of dementia, depression in five years following brain attack

2/22/2017
After Stroke, 'Blue' Light May Help Beat the Blues

Akin to sunlight, it could ward off depression during rehab, study finds

2/16/2017
Hey Fellas, Depression Can Strike New Dads, Too

Men who are stressed or in poor health seem to be at special risk, study shows

2/16/2017
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The blood sugar disease often comes with enormous mental and emotional strains, specialists say

2/14/2017
Screen Time and Teen Time

Study found no link between high use of video games/computers and academics, delinquency

2/14/2017
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If your loved one is depressed or stressed, offer some 'invisible support,' researcher suggests

2/13/2017
Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

Review found greater likelihood of ADHD, anxiety and depression

2/6/2017
For Kids, Regular Exercise Seems to Put Depression on the Run

Finding could be significant because it suggests physical activity can be used to boost mental health

2/1/2017
Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study

They're also more likely to suffer depression, anxiety -- and new moms particularly vulnerable

1/26/2017
Depression Often Untreated in Dialysis Patients

Sometimes it's the kidney doctors who nix antidepressants, study finds

1/26/2017
Mental Health May Affect Chances Against Cancer

Early research suggests anxiety, depression might raise risk of dying from certain malignancies

1/23/2017
Gestational Diabetes a Risk Factor for Postpartum Depression: Study

It found chances increased even more if woman had suffered an earlier bout of depression

1/17/2017
Postpartum Depression Affects New Dads, Too

Certain men at greater risk, doctors say

1/9/2017
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Study found use of 'cybercycles' reduced classroom problems for kids with autism, ADHD, other concerns

12/17/2016
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12/15/2016
More Than 1 in 10 Pilots Suffer From Depression, Survey Finds

Report highlights need for accurate screening

12/12/2016
Most Teen Smokers Also Turn to Alcohol, Drugs, Study Finds

Use of multiple substances seems to be more common than thought

12/7/2016
For Heart Attack Survivors, a Risk of Suicide?

Study findings underscore importance of depression screening, researcher says

12/7/2016
Excess Sweating Can Be a Drenching, Wrenching Burden

People with hyperhidrosis seem to have higher rates of anxiety and depression, study finds

12/6/2016
Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

Yet many students fail to seek the help they need to deal with the stress, study finds

12/2/2016
2 Out of 3 Depressed Teens Gain Lasting Benefits From Therapy

Early treatment of depression may lower risk of future episodes of mood disorder, study finds

12/1/2016
'Magic Mushroom' Chemical Eases Cancer Patients' Despair

Hallucinogenic drug psilocybin relieved depression, anxiety quickly and lasted for months, studies found

12/1/2016
Demi Lovato Wants to Change the Face of Mental Illness

Pop star's own battle with bipolar disorder helped to inspire new photo campaign that seeks to alter stereotypes

11/29/2016
Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries

Depressed patients had disrupted connections between areas of thinking, emotional control

11/21/2016
Sexism Could Harm Men's Health: Study

Playboy attitudes and power over women linked to higher risk of mental health woes

11/18/2016
Depressed Women Less Likely to Get Best Breast Cancer Care: Study

Researchers aren't sure why, but urge doctors to monitor these patients carefully

11/18/2016
Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being

When neighbors look out for others' kids, children have better emotional health, study finds

11/17/2016
Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart

Study suggests that glum folks have higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease

11/14/2016
Depression on the Rise Among U.S. Teens, Especially Girls

Report authors point to cyberbullying, social media use as possible causes, but say that hasn't been proven

11/14/2016
Depression and Teenagers

Depression on the rise in adolescents and young adults, study finds.