Depression

Common Name(s)

Depression

Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. When these feelings last for a short period of time, it may be a case of "the blues." But when such feelings last for more than two weeks and interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school, it is a major depressive episode. Other symptoms may include changes in appetite and sleeping pattern, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, inability to concentrate, inability to find pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal, irritability, anger, anxiety, indecisiveness and unexplained aches and pains. Individuals with recurrent thoughts of suicide and death should seek immediate help either by contacting a suicide help line or going to a medical emergency center.

Depression is a medical illness involving an imbalance of brain chemicals. It is not a sign of personal weakness or character flaw. The exact cause of depression is unknown. It sometimes runs in families. Depression is believed to be a combination of genetics and a stressful environment or life situation. Depression is treatable. Treatment of depression may include support groups, medication, talk therapy, or other strategies. Talk to your doctor to decide on the best treatment options if you or a family member has depression. Support groups are also a good source of up to date information and can help connect you with others affected by depression. Please also see: major depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression. Depression often occurs with anxiety disorders as well.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Depression" for support, advocacy or research.

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Our mission is to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders through education, practice, and research.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The mission of DBSA is to provide hope, help, support and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and hundreds of local NAMI Affiliates advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and are committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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Oklahoma Family Network

To Provide emotional, informational and navigational support to those who have special health care needs or a disability, their families and the professionals who serve them. OFN promotes family/professional partnerships and family-centered care, assuring services are offered as recipients prefer..

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2013

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The Balanced Mind Foundation

The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.

Last Updated: 18 Oct 2012

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Depression" for support, advocacy or research.

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Our mission is to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders through education, practice, and research.

http://www.adaa.org

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

http://www.agmd-gimotility.org

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The mission of DBSA is to provide hope, help, support and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

http://www.ndmda.org

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and hundreds of local NAMI Affiliates advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and are committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

http://www.nami.org

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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Oklahoma Family Network

To Provide emotional, informational and navigational support to those who have special health care needs or a disability, their families and the professionals who serve them. OFN promotes family/professional partnerships and family-centered care, assuring services are offered as recipients prefer..

http://www.oklahomafamilynetwork.org

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2013

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The Balanced Mind Foundation

The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.

http://www.thebalancedmind.org

Last Updated: 18 Oct 2012

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General Resources

Depression

A brochure for individuals and families discussing symptoms, causes, treatment and recovery supports.

Updated 29 Jan 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Depression" returned 7608 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Depression: addressing partial response after first-line antidepressant treatment.
 

Author(s): Michael E Thase, Maurizio Fava, Andrew A Nierenberg

Journal: J Clin Psychiatry. 2014 Sep;75(9):978-80.

 

Last Updated: 9 Oct 2014

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Nutritional values of diets consumed by women suffering unipolar depression.
 

Author(s): Ewa Stefańska, Agnieszka Wendołowicz, Urszula Kowzan, Beata Konarzewska, Agata Szulc, Lucyna Ostrowska

Journal: Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 2014 ;65(2):139-45.

 

Previous studies have shown that patients suffering from depression are more likely to adversely change their eating habits (eg. through increases in appetite, comfort eating and compulsive eating), which may result in an abnormal nutritional status.

Last Updated: 29 Sep 2014

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Depression and anxiety symptoms post-stroke/TIA: prevalence and associations in cross-sectional data from a regional stroke registry.
 

Author(s): Niall M Broomfield, Terence J Quinn, Azmil H Abdul-Rahim, Matthew R Walters, Jonathan J Evans

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Mood disorders are commonly seen in those with cerebrovascular disease. Literature to-date has tended to focus on depression and on patients with stroke, with relatively little known about post-stroke anxiety or mood disorder in those with transient ischaemic attack (TIA). We aimed ...

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Depression" returned 1021 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Post-stroke depression].
 

Author(s): Mónika Schulte-Altedorneburg, Dániel Bereczki

Journal: Orv Hetil. 2014 Aug;155(34):1335-43.

 

Cerebrovascular diseases are associated with a high incidence of psychiatric disorders. Depressive illness after stroke has been extensively investigated during the last three decades. Post-stroke depression is estimated to occur in 30-35% of the patients during the first year after ...

Last Updated: 18 Aug 2014

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[The efficacy of psychological treatments for depression: a review of recent research findings].
 

Author(s): E Driessen, P Cuijpers, S D Hollon, H L Van, J J M Dekker

Journal: Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2014 ;56(7):455-62.

 

Psychological treatments for depression have been shown to be effective, but there is room for improvement.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2014

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Last Updated: 9 Jun 2014

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Triple Chronotherapy for Perinatal Depression
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Depression; Major Depressive Disorder; Postpartum Depression

 

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2014

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Primary Care Internet Based Depression Prevention for Adolescents (CATCH-IT) Also Known as Promoting AdolescenT Health
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Major Depression; Depressive Episodes

 

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2014

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Study Comparing Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for Depression in Older Adults
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Depression; Major Depressive Episode; Bipolar Disorder

 

Last Updated: 27 Oct 2014

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