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What Is Depression?
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What Is Depression?

Feeling sad is a normal reaction to disappointment, setbacks, and tragedies…all part of life. But unending sadness, anxiety, and aches and pains may signal depression.

Get details about this common illness: symptoms, common misconceptions, causes, and effective treatments.

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Depression

Depression

When “the blues” last for more than two weeks and interfere with your daily activities, it's likely a major depressive episode. Discover different types of depression and their symptoms. More...

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ADAA
Depression: Out of the Shadows

Depression: Out of the Shadows

Typical teen behavior does not include depression, even though it can be misdiagnosed as such. Watch the stories of two teens, who share their symptoms and struggles, as well as their treatments. More...

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Do Animals Get Depressed?

Do Animals Get Depressed?

If animals besides humans get depressed, it could help scientists learn more about treating the illness. Find out what we know — and don’t know — about this disorder in primates and other animals. More...

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National Geographic
Depression 101

Depression 101

Answer these questions to reveal how well you understand clinical depression and what you can do about it. More...

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Depression and High School Students

Depression and High School Students

Depression may grab you when you’re facing changes in yourself, at school, and with friends and family. Use this fact sheet to find out more, including what to do in a crisis. More...

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National Institute of Mental Health
Depression: What’s The Problem?

Depression: What’s The Problem?

Sadness vs. clinical depression: It’s not always clear. You’re not a doctor, but try your best to diagnose the patients in these stories. More...

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Game Changers: Helen Mayberg

Game Changers: Helen Mayberg

She has devoted her career to researching the neurology of depression. Dr. Helen Mayberg describes her work and how it has led to an innovative treatment that helps formerly treatment-resistant people. More...

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Emory University
Less Sleep, More Time Online Increase Teen Depression Risk

Less Sleep, More Time Online Increase Teen Depression Risk

You’ve heard it many times before: Go to sleep! Now there’s another reason. Lack of sleep may increase your risk of depression. Investigate the link between sleep problems and depression. More...

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NPR
Teen Depression: A Guide for Teenagers

Teen Depression: A Guide for Teenagers

Read what depression feels like and pick up tips for helping yourself or a friend. More...

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HelpGuide.org
The Medication Generation

The Medication Generation

Are too many young people taking medications for depression? Watch to learn one woman’s experience taking antidepressants in college — as well as her words of advice. More...

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Wall Street Journal
Warnings Against Antidepressants for Teens May Have Backfired

Warnings Against Antidepressants for Teens May Have Backfired

Antidepressants can be an effective way to treat depression, but adolescents may experience rare severe side effects. Find out what’s behind the warning labels — and the recent debate. More...

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