Depression

 

TheBasics

TYPES OF DEPRESSION

 

Major depressive disorder (MDD): Interferes with daily activities. May recur several times
Dysthymia: Non-disabling. Chronic symptoms may alternate with MDD
Bipolar disorder: Mood cycles between highs (mania) and lows (depression)
 

Depression has differing effects for children and adolescents, elderly adults, and women than it has in adult males. 

 

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PatientResources

Depression
familydoctor.org (American Academy of Family Physicians)

 

Depression
Medline Plus (National Institutes of Health)

 

Depression
Merck Manual Home Edition for Patients and Caregivers

 

Depression
National Institute of Mental Health

 

Depression Center
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