Depression: What You Need to Know

Depression: What You Need to Know

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This free eBook provides an overview on depression. Depression, also called "depressive disorder" or "clinical depression," is a common but serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms that can affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. The eBook contains information on the signs and symptoms of depression, treatment and support options, and a listing of additional resources. It is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered a guide for making medical decisions. Please review this information and discuss it with your doctor or health care provider.  For more information on depression, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders, please visit the NIMH website at  

This resource may appeal to patients and families, high school through adult.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780160934421
Publisher: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 30
Sales rank: 112,590
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
About this booklet 2
1. Depression is a real illness. 3
Signs and Symptoms 3
Factors That Play a Role in Depression 4
Types of Depression 5
2.Depression affects people in different ways. 6
Women 6
Men 6
Children 7
Teens 7
Older People 9
3.Depression is treatable. 10
Talking to Your Doctor 11
Tests and Diagnosis 11
Treatment 12
Medications 13
Talk Therapy (“Psychotherapy”) 19
Computer and/or Internet-Based Therapies 20
Depression: Is There an App for That? 22
Electroconvulsive Therapy and
Other Brain Stimulation Therapies 24
Beyond Treatment: Things You Can Do 25
4.You are not alone. 27
If You Think a Loved One May Have Depression 28
Helpful resources 30

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