What's Your Depression IQ?
The number of people suffering from depression has risen dramatically in recent years, but no two people experience this sometimes baffling condition in the same way. The good news is knowledge is power. Take our quiz to find out how much you already know -- and to learn more -- about depression.
Are You Depressed?
Depression symptoms are as varied as the people who have them. One person may lose weight, another may pile on pounds. Men and women often show different signs of depression, and for some people depression can be as physically painful as it is emotionally draining. Loss of libido, drinking problems and a sudden loss of interest in everyday activites are just a few of the signs to watch out for.Learn more signs of depression
Treatments for Depression
There's nothing cookie-cutter about treating depression. For some people, popping a pill each day is enough to keep the blues away. Others find relief by talking things out with a therapist, making simple lifestyle changes or combining several strategies at once.
Who Is At Risk for Depression?
Depression affects an estimated 1 in 10 U.S. adults. Women tend to be most depressed, especially those ages 45 to 65. People who are without health insurance, unemployed, previously married or have less than a high school education tend to be at risk, too.
Don't Go It Alone
If you're suffering from depression, you may just want to curl up in a corner and sleep the day away, but isolating yourself will likely make your symptoms worse. On the flip side, spending time with others often can help ease those symptoms. You can start by joining a support group, volunteering or connecting with others online.Find help at DailyStrength
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The number of adults in the U.S. who suffer from depression
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What are the treatment options for depression?
First, an important issue: Severe depression can occur in the context of unipolar disorder or bipolar disorder. These disorders are very different. Treatments that are effective with unipolar depression often do not work with bipolar disorder, and . . .
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Depression Action Plans
Depression can be overwhelming -- if you let it. Use our action plans to take control of your mental health.
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The Anti-Depression Diet
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Walk Off the Blues
Research shows that for many people with depression, exercise can be as effective as drugs for treating symptoms. Walking is a great place to start. It's easy to do, and if you take it . . .
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