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 12816 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Perceived social support and depression levels of women in the postpartum period in Hatay, Turkey.
 

Author(s): H Tambag, Z Turan, S Tolun, R Can

Journal: Niger J Clin Pract. 2018 Nov;21(11):1525-1530.

 

Postpartum depression is one of the major problems affecting the mother and baby's health. Inadequate social support system may affect the occurrence of this problem. This study was performed to determine the depression and social support in women at the postpartum period.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Prevention of depression in first-year university students with high harm avoidance: Evaluation of the effects of group cognitive behavioral therapy at 1-year follow-up.
 

Author(s): Tatsuo Saigo, Masaki Hayashida, Jun Tayama, Sayaka Ogawa, Peter Bernick, Atsushi Takeoka, Susumu Shirabe

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Nov;97(44):e13009.

 

High harm avoidance (HA) scores on the temperament and character inventory appear to be a risk factor for depressive disorders and suicide. Since 2012, we have conducted group cognitive behavioral therapy (G-CBT) interventions for students at Nagasaki University with high HA and without ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Non-fatal suicidal behaviour, depression and poverty among young men living in low-resource communities in South Africa.
 

Author(s): J Bantjes, M Tomlinson, R E Weiss, P K Yen, D Goldstone, J Stewart, T Qondela, S Rabie, M-J Rotheram-Borus

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Suicide is a serious public health problem in low- and middle-income countries. Understanding the context- and gender-specific risk factors for non-fatal suicidal behaviour is the cornerstone of evidence-based public health interventions to reduce suicide. Poverty and symptoms of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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 1849 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Prevalence and determinants of depression in caregivers of cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Hai-Mei Geng, Dong-Mei Chuang, Fang Yang, Yang Yang, Wei-Min Liu, Li-Hui Liu, Hong-Mei Tian

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Sep;97(39):e11863.

 

Aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence rate of depression in cancer patient caregivers and to identify factors affecting depression and quality of life of cancer caregivers.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Herbal medicine Sihogayonggolmoryeo-tang or Chai-Hu-Jia-Long-Gu-Mu-Li-Tang for the treatment of post-stroke depression: A protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Chan-Young Kwon, Boram Lee, Sun-Yong Chung, Jong Woo Kim, Aesook Shin, Ye-Yong Choi, Younghee Yun, Jungtae Leem

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Sep;97(38):e12384.

 

This systematic review protocol describes the methods that will be used to evaluate the efficacy and safety of herbal medicine Sihogayonggolmoryeo-tang (SGYMT) or Chai-Hu-Jia-Long-Gu-Mu-Li-Tang for the treatment of post-stroke depression.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The association of depression and all-cause and cause-specific mortality: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
 

Author(s): Myrela O Machado, Nicola Veronese, Marcos Sanches, Brendon Stubbs, Ai Koyanagi, Trevor Thompson, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Marco Solmi, Davy Vancampfort, Felipe B Schuch, Michael Maes, Giovanni A Fava, John P A Ioannidis, André F Carvalho

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Depression is a prevalent and disabling mental disorder that frequently co-occurs with a wide range of chronic conditions. Evidence has suggested that depression could be associated with excess all-cause mortality across different settings and populations, although the causality of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Creatine Monohydrate Use for Preventing Altitude Induced Depression
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Depression

 

Last Updated: 8 Feb 2018

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Lifestyle Medicine for Depression
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Depression

 

Last Updated: 24 Oct 2018

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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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