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Depression

Depression

Last Reviewed : 12/25/2020
Depression

At one point in life, everyone may have feeling of sadness. It may occur due to loss of loved ones, following a disaster or serious illness; however, it usually lasts only few days. When this feeling of sadness is intense enough to interfere with normal day to day activities in life lasting for a defined period of time, it may be termed as depression. There are several causes for depression including distressing events, heredity, hormonal changes, and side effects of medications. Common symptoms include lack of interest or pleasure in activities, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, lack of appetite, weight gain or weight loss can occur. Treatment depends on the type and severity of depression. Supportive management and psychotherapy may be enough in mild cases, whereas, drugs and electroconvulsive therapy may be indicated in severe cases. Hospitalization may be required in severe cases and when there are suicidal tendencies.

 

We researched this topic for you and found the following best online resources. They are categorized into basic, advanced, and research level based on the extent of information you need. You will be taken to the respective websites by pressing on the links below.

 

Basic information:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml national institute of mental health - depression

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/basics/definition/con-20032977 mayo clinic - depression

http://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/depression.htm helpguide.org - depression

http://www.medicinenet.com/depression/article.htm medicinenet.com - depression

http://www.psychiatry.org/depression american psychiatric association - depression

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/mental_health_disorders/mood_disorders/depression.html the merck manual - depression

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression#depression mental health america - depression

 

Advanced information:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric_disorders/mood_disorders/depressive_disorders.html the merck manual - depression

 

Research:

https://www.icsi.org/_asset/fnhdm3/depr-interactive0512b.pdf institute for clinical systems improvement. Health care guideline: adult depression in primary care guideline.

http://www.dovepress.com/childhood-depression-a-systematic-review-a14403 neuropsychiatric disease and treatment – childhood depression: a systematic review

http://www.dovepress.com/treatment-of-post-partum-depression-a-review-of-clinical-psychological-a5979 international journal of women’s health: treatment of post-partum depression: a review of clinical, psychological and pharmacological options

http://www.cpementalhealth.com/content/3/1/2 clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health – depression in cancer patients: a critical review

 

Related topics:

http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsaddepr.htm u.s. Preventive services task force - depression in adults: screening

http://www.aacap.org/aacap/families_and_youth/facts_for_families/facts_for_families_pages/the_depressed_child_04.aspxamerican academy of child & adolescent psychiatry. Depression in children.

https://www.ahn.org/specialties/womens-health/depression-pregnancy-during-and-after-delivery allegheny health network - depression in pregnancy

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/9/356 bmc public health - a systematic review of longitudinal studies on the association between depression and smoking in adolescents

 

Other articles:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/16/exercising-three-times-week-significantly-cuts-depression-risk/ fox news – exercising three times a week significantly cuts depression risk

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/11/07/a-stunning-map-of-depression-rates-around-the-world/ the washington post – a stunning map of depression rates around the world

 

Other resources:

http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/en/ world health organization – depression

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/depression.htm centers for disease control and prevention – depression

 

Quiz:

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/interactive/interactivetests/goldberg.php netdoctor - goldberg’s depression test

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