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 at this time. However, it is believed that depression may be caused by a combination of genetics and a stressful environment or life situation. Treatment of depression may include becoming involved with support groups, medications, and attending counseling sessions. 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.

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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: 24 Jun 2015

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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: 9 Jul 2015

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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: 6 Apr 2015

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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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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.

http://www.adaa.org

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2015

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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: 9 Jul 2015

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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: 6 Apr 2015

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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

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Depression" returned 11229 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Depression and Anxiety in the Postpartum Period and Risk of Bipolar Disorder: A Danish Nationwide Register-Based Cohort Study.
 

Author(s): Xiaoqin Liu, Esben Agerbo, Jiong Li, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Veerle Bergink, Trine Munk-Olsen

Journal: J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 May;78(5):e469-e476.

 

The first-onset affective episode requiring inpatient treatment in the postpartum period can be a marker of bipolar disorder, but it is unknown whether milder postpartum affective episodes are also indicators of underlying bipolarity. Therefore, we aimed to study whether women with ...

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2017

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Prevalence of depression and associated clinical and socio-demographic factors in people living with lymphatic filariasis in Plateau State, Nigeria.
 

Author(s): James Obindo, Jibril Abdulmalik, Emeka Nwefoh, Michael Agbir, Charles Nwoga, Aishatu Armiya'u, Francis Davou, Kurkat Maigida, Emmanuel Otache, Ajuma Ebiloma, Samuel Dakwak, John Umaru, Elisha Samuel, Christopher Ogoshi, Julian Eaton

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Lymphatic filariasis is a chronic, disabling and often disfiguring condition that principally impacts the world's poorest people. In addition to the well-recognised physical disability associated with lymphedema and hydrocele, affected people often experience rejection, stigma and ...

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2017

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Evaluating respiratory musculature, quality of life, anxiety, and depression among patients with indeterminate chronic Chagas disease and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension.
 

Author(s): Alícia Cristina Suman, Érika Alessandra Pellison Nunes da Costa, Silméia Garcia Zanati Bazan, João Carlos Hueb, Fabio Cardoso de Carvalho, Luis Cuadrado Martin, Hugo Hyung Bok Yoo

Journal: Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop.. ;50(2):194-198.

 

Chagas disease (CD) is progressive and incapacitating, especially when cardiopulmonary function is affected. For example, respiratory muscle weakness can cause dyspnea upon exertion and fatigue, which may be exacerbated when it is associated with pulmonary hypertension (PH). The present ...

Last Updated: 31 May 2017

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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 1620 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Ketamine for Depression, 3: Does Chirality Matter?
 

Author(s): Chittaranjan Andrade

Journal: J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Jun;78(6):e674-e677.

 

Ketamine is a racemic mixture of the enantiomers R-ketamine and S-ketamine (esketamine). S-ketamine has greater analgesic and anesthetic effects than R-ketamine and is less likely to cause psychotomimetic and other adverse effects. There is therefore an emerging interest favoring ...

Last Updated: 6 Jul 2017

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Ketamine for Depression, 2: Diagnostic and Contextual Indications.
 

Author(s): Chittaranjan Andrade

Journal: J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 May;78(5):e555-e558.

 

There is a substantial body of literature comprising anecdotal material and descriptions of uncontrolled and randomized controlled trials addressing the use of subanesthetic doses of ketamine for the off-label treatment of major depressive episodes. This article examines diagnostic ...

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2017

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Efficacy of antidepressive medication for depression in Parkinson disease: a network meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Chuanjun Zhuo, Rong Xue, Lanlan Luo, Feng Ji, Hongjun Tian, Hongru Qu, Xiaodong Lin, Ronghuan Jiang, Ran Tao

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(22):e6698.

 

Parkinson disease (PD) was considered as the 2nd most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer disease, while depression is a prevailing nonmotor symptom of PD. Typically used antidepression medication includes tricyclic antidepressants (TCA), selective serotonin reuptake ...

Last Updated: 31 May 2017

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Treatment Response of Geriatric Depression
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Depression

 

Last Updated: 17 Feb 2017

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A Family Depression Prevention Program
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Depression

 

Last Updated: 7 Apr 2017

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Inflammatory Markers and Resistant Depression
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Depression

 

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2016

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