MedlinePlus Health Information: A service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Depression

URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/depression.html

Also called: Also called: Clinical depression, Dysthymic disorder, Major depressive disorder, Unipolar depression

Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It's more than just a feeling of being "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include

Depression can run in families, and usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. It is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.

There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants and talk therapy. Most people do best by using both.

National Institute of Mental Health

Start Here Overviews Latest News Diagnosis/Symptoms Treatment Alternative Therapy Nutrition Coping Disease Management Specific Conditions Related Issues Health Check Tools Tutorials Clinical Trials Research Journal Articles
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
Dictionaries/Glossaries Directories Organizations Statistics Children Teenagers Men Women Seniors You may also be interested in these MedlinePlus related pages:

The primary NIH organization for research on Depression is the National Institute of Mental Health - http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

Depression - Multiple Languages - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/depression.html

Date last updated: September 17 2008
Topic last reviewed: August 27 2008