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FROM THE EDITOR: Take Depression Seriously

As the Summer takes hold, people often find their mood improves, particularly if they suffer from depression. In fact, one type of depression—seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—is believed to be triggered by Winter weather. It’s thought that reduced sunlight may decrease the production of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that has a soothing

Social Anxiety Disorder: SAD Basics

Social Anxiety Disorder: SAD Basics

People with social anxiety disorder (SAD)—also called social phobia—have an intense fear of social situations, especially if they believe they’ll be judged or scrutinized by others. So, while going to a party may produce what feels like anxiety, a party in which the person is the guest of honor might

What Is Situational Depression?

What Is Situational Depression?

If you haven’t heard the phrase before, your first question may be, “What is situational depression?” Yet in a way, it also defines itself: It’s a type of depression tied to a negative event or experience, or that results directly from a specific situation.
The heart-wrenching death of a child,

Depression Medications: How They Work

Depression Medications: How They Work

There is no one-size-fits-all depression medication, but there are certain types of medications that work well in many people. It may sound obvious to say that antidepressants are the first drugs prescribed for depression, but which antidepressant medication you take depends on a number of factors—among them the type of

What Is Atypical Depression? 5 Common Symptoms

What Is Atypical Depression? 5 Common Symptoms

It seems there are nearly as many symptoms of depression as there are people with depression. After all, everyone experiences low moods differently. Experts continue to recognize certain clusters of symptoms of depression that tend to be seen together, and sometimes they label these clusters as a specific form of

Recognizing the Types of Depression

Depression—a mood disorder that affects an estimated one in 10 Americans at some point in their lives—is a complex mental health condition that comes in a variety of forms, each with distinct characteristics.

“The concept of ‘depression’ is actually a broad category that includes multiple diagnoses,” explains Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD,

Depression Symptoms: “Major” vs. “Persistent”

Depression Symptoms: “Major” vs. “Persistent”

As with other mental disorders, the difference between just having a bad day, or week, or month, and truly suffering from depression is the duration of symptoms and level of impairment. As such, it helps to consider different levels and how we define them.
Depression Symptoms of MDD
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD),

Do You Have “SAD” Disorder?

Do You Have “SAD” Disorder?

As autumn transitions into winter, the waning daylight can trigger the condition known as seasonal affective disorder. SAD is different than simply feeling listless, or unmotivated to leave your home because it’s cold and grey. It’s a type of depression distinguished by seasonality. People who experience SAD disorder may feel

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