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.
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...
Yvette Sheline, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Yvette Sheline, M.D.
November 01, 2001
In 1998, Yvette Sheline, M.D. received a NARSAD Grant for a project titled “Affect Induced Activation of the Amygdala in Major Depression.” The results of this...
Mark George, M.D., Scientific Council Member, Expert on depression and TMS
Mark George, M.D.
November 15, 2000
With the help of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Scientific Council Member Mark S. George, M.D. developed Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a new...
Helen Mayberg, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
December 01, 1991
In 1991, Foundation Scientific Council Member, Helen Mayberg, M.D., pioneered the use of positron emission tomography (PET) brain scanning technology to study...

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