Depression

What is depression?
From time to time we all feel sad or blue; however, these feelings will generally pass within hours or days. Depression is when you have these feelings for long periods of time. About 15% to 25% of Americans will suffer from some degree of clinical depression.  For more information, click here.

Who is at risk for depression?
If you are a woman, over 65 years of age, have long-term medical conditions or abuse alcohol, you may be more likely to develop depression over the course of your lifetime. Men also suffer from depression, but at a slightly lower rate than women.  For more information, click here.

How can I treat depression without medication?
Psychotherapy or "talk-therapy" is when you go to a mental health expert and talk about your depression and other issues. It can be very effective, especially for milder cases of depression.  For more information, click here.

How can I treat depression with medications?
There are many highly effective medications, called antidepressants, that can be used to manage the symptoms of depression.  For more information, click here.

What can I do for depression that does not get better?
It may often take several tries and several weeks to months to find the medication that is right for you. Do not get discouraged. Work with your doctor to find the medication that works best for you.  For more information, click here.

Do I need to worry about suicide?
15% of people with clinical depression will die from suicide. Know the warning signs of suicide and get help immediately.  For more information, click here.

What should I know about childhood depression?
Childhood and teen depression is a serious medical condition that should not be ignored. It occurs in 1 of 5 teens, but it is not a "normal" part of being a teenager.  For more information, click here.

What do I need to know about childbirth and depression?
Although many women experience mood changes after giving birth, severe symptoms or symptoms lasting longer than 1 to 2 weeks may be a warning sign of postpartum depression, a serious medical condition requiring a medical evaluation.  For more information, click here.

Is depression a "normal" part of aging?
Depression should never be considered a normal part of aging. Unfortunately, surveys show that few people over 65 years of age consider depression a health problem and most think they should "handle it by themselves".  For more information, click here.

Where can I get help?
If you have depression, click here for more help.

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