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

 

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National Institute of Mental Health

 

Depression Center
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