Depression

Did you know major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States?

Almost 7% of the U.S. population is diagnosed with depression. Tweet >

Clinical depression is a serious condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, and significantly interferes with daily life. Untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years; and if inadequately treated, depression can lead to other health-related issues. Symptoms include: a depressed mood most of the day, every day; diminished interest in daily activities; changes in appetite and sleeping patterns; fatigue; restlessness; anxiety; feelings of worthlessness or helplessness; difficulty concentrating; increased alcohol or drug use; thoughts of death or suicide.

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Helen Mayberg, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
April 12, 2017
New research published on-line March 24 in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that an MRI of the brain could help clinicians predict whether a patient...
Conor Liston, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Conor Liston, M.D.
April 10, 2017
Tests for various substances in the blood are one example of the power of “biomarkers,” measurable biological traits that tell doctors a patient either has or...
David T. Plante, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Depression
David T. Plante, M.D.
March 28, 2017
People with depression and a type of excessive sleepiness called hypersomnolence sleep for longer periods than healthy individuals, but sleep just as well,...
Abraham Reichenberg, Ph.D. - brain & behavior research expert on depression
Abraham Reichenberg, Ph.D.
March 13, 2017
The risk of postpartum depression (PPD) is more than 20 times higher in women with a history of depression, compared to women  with no prior depression...
Felice Jacka, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Felice Jacka, Ph.D.
February 02, 2017
A Mediterranean-style diet involving lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains may relieve symptoms of depression, according to a study published...

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