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New study finds 8% of Americans are depressed

A new study has found that approximately 8% of Americans over the age of 12 suffer from moderate to severe depression, yet only one third suffering from severe depression actually sought help.

What is depression?

Depression is a medical illness. Everyone feels down or low at some stage, but when these lows last for long periods and affect general functioning and behaviour, the person may be suffering from a Depressive Disorder.

Weight-loss surgery may not ease depression

While most severely obese people get a mood boost after weight-loss surgery, some may have a recurrence of depression symptoms months after they have the procedure, a new study finds.

Depression: do you know the signs?

One of the most important things you can do for someone who is depressed is to make sure they get the help they need. Here's what you need to know.

Depression

Depression is a medical illness which negatively affects one’s mood, body, thoughts and feelings.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.
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