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Depression - The Invisible Disease

Depression Can Hit Anyone, Any Age

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Updated November 28, 2003

Although women are more often diagnosed with depression, it can effect anyone at any age. Here is an index of articles and publications from the National Institute National Institute of Mental Health with the latest research about depression.

The Invisible Disease - Depression
In contrast to the normal emotional experiences of sadness, clinical depression is persistent and can interfere significantly with an individual's ability to function.

Symptoms and Types of Depression
A diagnosis of major depressive disorder (or unipolar major depression) is made if an individual has five or more of these symptoms.

Women and Depression
At some point during their lives, as many as 20 percent of women have at least one episode of depression that should be treated.

Child and Adolescent Depression
There is evidence that depression emerging early in life often persists, recurs, and continues into adulthood.

Depression Can Break Your Heart
Research over the past two decades has shown that depression and heart disease are common companions and what is worse, each can lead to the other.

Treatments for Depression
Treatment for depressive disorders can include antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or electroconvulsive therapy (shock treatment).

Depression Research Fact Sheet
Depression affects more than 19 million American adults, making it the most common serious brain disease in the United States.

Genetics Research
Researchers are increasingly certain that genes play an important role in vulnerability to depression and other severe mental disorders.

Stress and Depression
Psychosocial and environmental stressors, such as a death in the family, are known risk factors for depression.

Brain Imaging
Recent advances in brain imaging technologies allow scientists to examine the brain with more clarity than ever before.

Hormonal Abnormalities
The hormonal system that regulates the body's response to stress is overactive in many patients with depression.

Depression and Anxiety Disorders
depression often co-exists with anxiety disorders (panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, or anxiety disorder).

Depression and Other Illnesses
Depression frequently co-occurs with a variety of other physical illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, and also can increase the risk for subsequent physical illness.

Older Adults and Depression
In a given year, between one and two percent of people over age 65 suffer from major depression and about two percent have dysthymia.

Alternative Treatments
Recently there has been an enormous growth in public interest in herbal remedies for various medical conditions including depression.

Depression in the Workplace
Success in the work environment depends on everyone's contribution. That's why no one in the workplace can afford to ignore depression.

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