10 signs to watch for
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Did you know that clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year? Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Clinical depression is the most severe form of depression, also known as major depressive disorder. It affects people of all ages, including children.
There are many factors that often contribute to depression:
The good news is that clinical depression is usually treatable. More than 80% of those who seek treatment report improvement in their symptoms. The most common treatments are antidepressant medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. Antidepressants work by balancing neurotransmitters, like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. They take 4 to 6 weeks to become fully effective. There are two main types of psychotherapies: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT). CBT helps patients restructure negative thought patterns by interpreting the environment and interactions with others in a more positive way. It may also help by identifying things that contribute to depression so that behaviors may be changed. IPT helps people work through difficult relationships that may cause depression.
If you know someone who shows signs of depression there are things you can do to help:
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All people feel sad or depressed at times. It is a normal reaction to life’s struggles, but when feelings become overwhelming, last for extended periods of time, and interfere with activities of daily life, clinical depression may be the cause. Here are 10 signs to watch for:
Test your knowledge about depression by choosing either myth or fact on the following statements.
Depression is a normal part of aging.
Children who develop depression often continue to have episodes in adulthood.
The extract from St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an effective treatment for depression.
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Myth Studies show that most senior adults feel satisfied with their lives despite having more illnesses and physical problems.×
Fact Children with depression often continue to have episodes in adulthood. They are also more likely to have more severe illnesses in adulthood.×
Myth Studies have found that St. John’s wort is no more effective than placebo in treating major or minor depression. The herb may also interfere with certain medications used to treat heart disease, depression, seizures, and certain cancers. It may also reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.×