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Depression

Overview

What is depression? Learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression here and discover common causes, as well as treatment and prevention methods.

What is depression?

Depression isn't simply a case of "having the blues". It's a legitimate medical illness.

Diagnosing depression

To diagnose a depressive disorder, your doctor will have to do a full evaluation. Find out what this will entail.

Can depression be prevented?

While you may not be able sidestep depression, there's a lot you can do to cut your risk for the mental health condition and/or prevent a relapse.

Treating depression

There's good news if you suffer from depression: the vast majority of people respond to treatment.

Depression: course & prognosis

The course of depression depends on several factors, including the structural brain changes that have occurred in the past.

Causes of depression

A number of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors play a role in depression. Learn more about the possible causes.

How common is depression?

If you've been diagnosed with depression, you're not alone. This mental illness is, in fact, very common.

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