Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see “What You Can Do” sidebar). It often takes time and patience to overcome. And while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, a Massachusetts General Hospital expert points out that there are common-sense steps that
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For some families, a tendency to have a negative view of life is simply the norm, and children pick it up from observing their parents. Difficult life challenges, such as poverty, abuse, or poor health, can run in families and predispose members to depression. But it’s also clear—as we look
Depression can quickly turn into a self-perpetuating cycle. You feel awful, so you refuse to do anything you once thought was fun. You stay home and never invite anyone over. Your inactivity and isolation in turn feed your depression. The key to overcoming depression is to break that cycle.