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Learn About Depression

Posted by Depression Help | Posted in Depression Terms | Posted on 16-09-2011

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Learn About Depression

If you’ve been following this article series, you now know a great deal about clinical depression. You know the causes, the symptoms, the treatments, and about a few celebrities that have dealt with depression. But because major depressive disorder is such a complicated issue, I’ve only been able to scratch the surface. And if you want to know more about depression, you may not know where to start looking. So here’s a list of resources that will help you find information on depression:

• The Mayo Clinic on depression [http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression/DS00175]—The Mayo Clinic is one of the foremost health research groups in the world, and the information on their site about depression is second to none. You can take a depression self-assessment test [http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression/MH00103_D] and read a fantastic depression blog [http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression/DS00175/TAB=expertblog] from one of Mayo’s psychiatrists.
• WebMD Depression Health Center [http://www.webmd.com/depression/default.htm]—WebMD is a great source of medical information, and their Depression Health Center is no exception. You can find the latest news and research, tips on living with depression, quizzes to find out if you might be depressed, and a lot more.
• The National Institute of Mental Health’s guide to depression [http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/complete-index.shtml]—This is an extensive overview of clinical depression, and includes useful information on how different people may experience depression differently. You can also find the answers to many common questions about depression.
• The American Psychology Association on depression [http://www.apa.org/topics/depress/index.aspx]—If you’re looking for more scientific information, this is the place to go. In addition to research, you can find tips on getting help for your clinical depression.
• Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance [http://www.dbsalliance.org/]—If you’re dealing with depression, talking to other people who are going through the same thing can be very helpful. The DBS Alliance site can help you find support groups and get in touch with others, no matter where you live.

These five resources are a great place to start looking for information on major depressive disorder. There are thousands of sites out there with information on depression, but be sure to stay aware of what you’re looking at—information about depression from a pharmaceutical company or another organization that has a vested interest may be suspect. And remember—the best place for information on depression, without a doubt, is your doctor or psychiatrist.

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