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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Thomas L. Kash, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Anxiety
Thomas L. Kash, Ph.D.
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Madhukar H. Trivedi, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Depression
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Lisa A. Pan, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Depression
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Deveroux Ferguson, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Deveroux Ferguson, Ph.D.
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Lewis L. Judd, M.D.
Lewis L. Judd, M.D.
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