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Articles on Depression

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What is Depression? (Major Depression) by Derek Wood, RN, BC, MS

General overview of Major Depression, including the diagnosis and treatment.

Excerpt- "Major Depression affects 15% of Americans at some point during their lives, and 100 million people are affected on any given day. The age of onset is fairly evenly spread among people. The mean age is 40, but can onset from childhood to seniors. It can come on suddenly in days, or build over years. It can be predated by anxiety, phobias, panic and Dysthymia. On average, the course of Major Depression runs 3 to 9 months if untreated, and 85% cases resolve within 1 year."

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Six Simple Steps to Help Fight Depression by Dr. Richard O'Connor

Features six helpful tips for those struggling with depression.

Excerpt- "Get help. Don't be ashamed of needing medication, and don't give up until you find something that helps. And see a therapist.
Identify your feelings and moods. Depression is a self-destructive effort to avoid feeling. Accept that emotions are natural and helpful."

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Do You Love Someone Who Suffers From Depression? by Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW

Helpful article for those involved with someone whom is struggling with depression.

Excerpt- "Relationships in which one individual is depressed are nine times more likely to divorce. Wow, the normal divorce rate is already over 60% nationally! But, it's not always a spouse who is depressed, sometimes it is a child or an extended family member.  In this article, however, we'll be focusing on depressed partners."

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