What is depression?
While feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, depression is much more than the temporary blues. Clinical depression—also known as major depression—is a serious mood disorder that makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. The symptoms of depression include apathy, unrelenting despair, hopelessness, loss of energy, concentration problems, and changes in your eating and sleeping patterns.
Depression can make you feel helpless, hopeless, or empty and numb; but there’s a lot you can do to change how you feel. With help and support, you can overcome depression and get your life back.
The key to recovery is to start small and take things one day at a time. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day and draw on the support of others.
- Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs: How to Recognize Depression and Get Effective Help
- Depression in Women: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Self-Help
- Depression in Men: Why It’s Hard to Recognize and What Helps
- Depression in Older Adults: Recognize the Signs and Find Treatment That Works
- Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression: Learn the Signs of Depression in Teens and How You Can Help
- Postpartum Depression and the Baby Blues: Symptoms, Treatment, and Support for New Moms
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Recognizing and treating seasonal depression and the winter blues
Depression treatment and self-help
- Dealing with Depression: Self-Help and Coping Tips to Overcome Depression
- Depression Treatment: Therapy, Medication, and Lifestyle Changes That Can Help
- Helping a Depressed Person: How to Reach Out and Help Someone While Taking Care of Yourself
- Teenager’s Guide to Depression: Tips and Tools for Helping Yourself or a Friend
- Antidepressants (Depression Medication): What You Need to Know About Depression Medication
- Types of Antidepressants and Their Side Effects: SSRIs and Others
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