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Depression Overview
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Depression is an important health concern in today's society, and an increasing numbers of adults and adolescents are being diagnosed with this disease. However, treatment of depression today is quite sophisticated, and many people who suffer from depression recover through medication, cognitive therapy, hospitalization or a combination of treatments. It is very important to stay well informed of the various types of depression and their treatments. This site is designed to provide information and support for those who suffer depression, their family and friends, and those who treat depression.

Depression varies in types and in severity. Simply feeling sad or having the “blues” is not genuine depression. In fact, bipolar disorder is characterized as a type of depression, yet it is accompanied by episodes of euphoria. The general symptoms of depression are the same for all types, although they may be accompanied by other symptoms as well. Signs of depression include: a persistent feeling of hopelessness, chronic tiredness, sleeping too much or too little, loss of appetite, loss of interest in activities that once gave pleasure, irritability, loss of memory and mental abilities, lack of hope about the future and preoccupation with feelings of death. Those who experience these symptoms should get treatment immediately. Although this site is an information resource, it is not meant to replace diagnosis and treatment by a licensed professional.

The kinds of depression can vary from mild to severe. A dysthymic disorder is depression that is mild to moderate but long lasting and difficult to pinpoint.

As its name indicates, major depression has severe symptoms. It usually requires medication and hospitalization before it can be treated. Psychotic depression involves all of the symptoms of regular depression, but it is accompanied by delusions and irrational thoughts. Bipolar depression is depression with manic episodes, and unspecified depression varies in severity and does not fit the other categories. Once a person has been diagnosed, he or she can begin a treatment program. After treatment has stopped, it is important that the patient have regular evaluations by a therapist to see how he or she is doing.

Treatments vary according to type of depression and severity. Cognitive therapy works wonders for some people, whereas others react well to medication. If the patient is confident, prognosis is good for treating depression. Through this site, someone who is suffering from depression can find the information he or she needs to approach treatment with optimism. This greatly affects one's positive attitude concerning treatment of depression.