Mayo Clinic on Depression

Mayo Clinic on Depression

Mayo Clinic on Depression

Mayo Clinic on Depression

Excerpt

You may have picked up this book because you're depressed, or you think that you may be, and you want to know how you can feel better again. Maybe you've experienced depression in the past, and you're searching for solutions to keep it from coming back. Or perhaps you have a close family member or friend with depression, and you're looking for ways that you can be of help. These are all common worries and concerns — and good reasons to read this book.

Nearly everyone has feelings of sadness or despair at some point in their lives. It's when these feelings persist, recur or become severe that you may be experiencing depression and should seek medical help. Depression is a common illness and one that can often be successfully treated. Unfortunately, too many people don't seek treatment for depression, either because they're unaware that they're depressed or because of misconceptions that depression isn't a real illness ([all in your head]) and occurs only in people who are mentally weak.

Today, more than ever, doctors are aware of what it takes to treat depression to help you live a healthy and productive life. In this book, you'll find practical and easy-to-read information to help you understand depression. We begin with an explanation of the illness, who's at risk and what's known about its biology. We describe how to recognize and get help for depression, and we explain its several types. We then provide a comprehensive overview of the various treatments for depression, including self-help measures to manage or prevent it. Finally, we provide information specifically for special groups, including women, older adults, youth, and family and friends of depressed individuals.

Along with the advice of your doctor, this book can help you feel assured you're doing the right things to overcome depression so that you can return to a full and active life.

Keith Kramlinger, Μ.D. Editor in Chief . . .

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