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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Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
Stigma persists. Yet we are fortunate to live in an era in which major depression and other serious mental illnesses are considered just that — biologically-...
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D.
August 01, 2006
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health used a 2005 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant to further studies on what is being...
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., inventor of optogenetics and expert on depression
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
September 08, 2005
Karl Deisseroth used his 2005 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to develop optogenetics, a new technology that has revolutionized systems neuroscience by...
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
March 01, 2003
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) was developed in the late 1980s; however it was not tested as a potential treatment for resistant depression until Helen Mayberg,...
Kenneth Kendler, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Kenneth Kendler, M.D.
July 01, 2002
Kenneth Kendler, M.D., received a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant in 2000 to pioneer studies on identifying gene-environment interactions linked to the...

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