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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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...
Kathleen R. Merikangas, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on bipolar disorder
Kathleen R. Merikangas, Ph.D.
January 20, 2017
The prevalence of excess weight and obesity is similar among adolescents with and without bipolar disorder, according to a new analysis of nationally collected...
Gilles Pourtois, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Depression
Gilles Pourtois, Ph.D.
January 11, 2017
A new type of magnetic stimulation to the brain may improve depression symptoms more efficiently than other treatment options, researchers suggest. A team at...
Ligia Assumpcao Papale, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Depression
Ligia Assumpcao Papale, Ph.D.
December 08, 2016
New animal studies have revealed significant differences in how male and female brains respond to stress on a molecular level. The findings may help...
Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on mental illness
Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D.
December 02, 2016
An analysis of 37 different imaging studies of the brain’s white matter in patients with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders found that these...

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