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Depression 101

Depression (major depressive disorder) is more than feeling sad.


Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide 

and can lead to suicide. (WHO)

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How is Depression Diagnosed?

To begin the diagnostic process, your doctor will ask about your symptoms, as well as past and family history of medical and mental health conditions. Find out what to expect next.

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Is Depression Genetic?

Learn what causes depression and whether or not genetics play a role in whether or not you develop a depressive disorder.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is defined by mania and depression. It is a type of depressive disorder. There are also types of bipolar disorder. Knowing the differences is important for accessing the right treatment for you.

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Depending on the number and severity of symptoms, a depressive episode can be categorized as:


  • Mild

  • Moderate

  • Severe

Depressive episodes can be chronic with relapses, especially if they go untreated. Depression without mania and depression with mania are also distinctly different. 


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To Those Who Think Depression Reflects a Lack of Gratitude

My mom could tell something was wrong when I walked into our trailer with the invisible “black dog” by my side. She wanted answers.

So did I.

Over the past 19 years, I have found many of my answers and a few more questions. One thing I know is...

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Youth Suicide Prevention: Teach Emotional Management First

Suicide is the second leading cause of death  for people between the ages of 10 and 24. “Teaching kids to understand the emotions they’re facing so they can regulate them effectively could be extremely helpful,” Sheftall said.

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'Depression Attack' at the Grocery Store: A Story

If you experience suicidal thoughts, the following posts could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.