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Introduction to Depression

Annotation:Excellent source of information on causes, symptoms, treatment, getting help, help from family and friends, and prevention.

Annotation:NIH Senior Health, National Institutes of Health - A listing of common questions addressed, including what to do if you feel in a crisis.

Annotation:Cleveland Clinic - A printable glossary of terms related to depressive disorders.

Annotation:Mental Health America - Compilation of statistics about the prevalence of, attitudes towards, and costs of depression.

Annotation:MedlinePlus - An overview of the subject with links to related topics including diagnosis, treatment, and coping strategies.

Annotation:National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health - An easy-to-read booklet on depression that explains what it is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help., American Academy of Family Physicians - Descriptions of symptoms, causes, treatment, self-help options, and questions to ask a doctor. The site also includes a list of national organizations that provide help and information.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - In-depth article including symptoms, treatment options including antidepressant medications, and ways of coping with depression.

Annotation:National Alliance on Mental Illness - A comprehensive pamphlet on depression with symptom descriptions, treatment options, and resources.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Alzheimer's and depression have some similar symptoms, but proper treatment improves quality of life.


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