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 10948 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Reveals Abnormal Hemodynamics in the Left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex of Menopausal Depression Patients.
 

Author(s): Xiang-Yun Ma, Yong-Jun Wang, Bo Xu, Kun Feng, Gao-Xiang Sun, Xiao-Qian Zhang, Xiao-Min Liu, Chen-Yu Shen, Xia-Jin Ren, Jing-Jing Sun, Po-Zi Liu

Journal: Dis. Markers. 2017 ;2017():1695930.

 

Background/Objective. Menopausal depression (MD) is characterized by depressive symptoms along with hormonal fluctuations. We investigate brain function alteration between major depressive disorder (MDD) and MD. Methods. The difference in oxygenated hemoglobin (Oxy-Hb) for the prefrontal ...

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2017

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Postpartum Depression.
 

Author(s): Simone N Vigod, Donna E Stewart

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2017 03;376(9):895.

 

Last Updated: 1 Mar 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 1568 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Interplay between Brain BDNF and Glutamatergic Systems: A Brief State of the Evidence and Association with the Pathogenesis of Depression.
 

Author(s): N V Gulyaeva

Journal: Biochemistry Mosc.. 2017 Mar;82(3):301-307.

 

The excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate system and the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) system are principally involved in phenomena of cellular and synaptic plasticity. These systems are interacting, and disclosing mechanisms of such interactions is critically important ...

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2017

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The Efficacy of Acupuncture for Treating Depression-Related Insomnia Compared with a Control Group: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Bo Dong, Zeqin Chen, Xuan Yin, Danting Li, Jie Ma, Ping Yin, Yan Cao, Lixing Lao, Shifen Xu

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2017 ;2017():9614810.

 

Objective. To evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture as monotherapy and as an alternative therapy in treating depression-related insomnia. Data Source. Seven databases were searched starting from 1946 to March 30, 2016. Study Eligibility Criteria. Randomized-controlled trials of ...

Last Updated: 13 Mar 2017

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment of major depression during pregnancy: a review.
 

Author(s): Renata de Melo Felipe, Ygor Arzeno Ferrão

Journal: Trends Psychiatry Psychother. ;38(4):190-197.

 

Pregnancy is characterized by a high prevalence of mental disorders. Depression is the most common of these disorders and it is a risk factor for negative maternal and child development outcomes. Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy are conventional and well-established therapeutic options, ...

Last Updated: 11 Jan 2017

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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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: 21 Feb 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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