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Understanding Depression

In our journey to understand depression and its causes and effects we often times run into 300 page text books well beyond the understanding of the common layman. So....instead of understanding we become more confused. I've put together a series of articles on a variety of different aspects of Depression. I hope you find these articles informative and enlightening, I know you'll gain a more thourough understanding of depression causes, effects and solutions.

Depression, or a "depressed Emotional mood" , may in everyday English refer to a state of Melancholia, unhappiness or sadness, or to a relatively minor downturn in mood that may last only a few hours or days. This is quite distinct from the medical diagnosis of "Clinical depression". However, if depressed mood lasts at least two weeks, and is accompanied by other symptoms that interfere with daily living, it may be seen as a Symptom of clinical depression, Dysthymia or some other diagnosable "Mental illness", or alternatively as sub-syndromal depression.

In the field of Psychiatry, the word depression can also have this meaning of low mood but more specifically refers to a mental illness when it has reached a severity and duration to warrant a Diagnosis , whether there is an obvious situational cause or not; see "Clinical depression" . The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ("Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" [DSM]) states that a depressed mood is often reported as being: "... depressed, sad, hopeless, discouraged, or 'down in the dumps'." In a clinical setting, a depressed mood can be something a patient reports (a Symptom ), or something a clinician observes (a "Sign (medicine)" ), or both.

A depressed mood is generally situational and reactive, and associated with grief, loss, or a major social transition. A change of residence, marriage, divorce, the break-up of a significant relationship, graduation, or job loss are all examples of instances that might trigger a depressed mood.

Augmentors Can Make Depression Medications Work Better
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Bipolar Disorder Depression and Mania
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Circadian Rhythm Disorder Can Cause Depression
There are some people who feel that the main thing behind depression is an upset of the body's circadian rhythms. The belief is that with the way modern man lives the lifestyle we have chosen our body clocks no longer run our bodies. We wake...more info on Depression
Dealing with Depression
Some depressive people spend a long time searching for answers before they feel ready to do anything significant as far as treatment is concerned. This is sometimes because of denial. Or it may be the fact that they do not want to admit that they...more info on Depression
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More Causes of Depression
There are more causes of depression than most people think. Aside from the standard ones that everyone is aware of like hormone deficiencies, a diet heavy in omega-3 acids, seasonal changes in sunlight or ups and downs of bipolar disorder there are...more info on Depression
Some Causes of Depression
The ability to understand what a person goes through when they are suffering from depression can be helped by first trying to understand what the causes of depression can be. First it is important to know that physicians and researchers have not...more info on Depression
Support Groups and Chat Rooms for Depression
No matter what the reason for a person's depression they need to be able to count on support to help get through the bad times. Obviously they hope to be able to depend on family and friends to help them, but sometimes those who are closest to them...more info on Depression
Treatment Alternatives for Depression
There are many choices in therapies to pick from when treating depression. These start with those easier treatments that require only the use of medications and progress passed them to the use of augmentors, light therapies, pacemakers, and...more info on Depression
What Causes Postpartum Depression?
Ten to fifteen percent of all women you have children will suffer from postpartum depression. It occurs more commonly after the birth of a first child but can happen after the birth of any child. It usually happens within three months of the birth...more info on Depression
 

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