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Depression

Depression treatment - Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy or "talk" therapy can be provided as a short-term form of psychological counseling. Psychotherapy usually can be effective in 24 sessions or less. Psychotherapy alone (without the use of antidepressants) helps about one out of every two people who have mild to moderate depression. It is also used to supplement the effects of...

How common is depression in the teen years?

Depression occurs in children and adolescents often, but not exclusively, in contexts of strong stresses such as family discord, abuse, or failure at school. Nationally, about 5 percent of adolescents have major depression. Common symptoms include physical complaints, sad appearance, poor self-esteem, and withdrawal. Depression can be protracted...

Diagnosing depression

How to tell if you are depressed Diagnosing depression involves a good medical examination, including a complete history of current and previous symptoms, questions about illnesses of other family members and about your mood, memory, and changes in relationships. How to tell if someone else is depressed It's not always easy telling if a friend,...

Depression treatment - Light therapy

Light therapy (or phototherapy) is an effective treatment for the winter-onset form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). During treatment sessions the person with SAD sits in a room containing a 10,000-lux light box. The light is aimed down toward her or his head, initially just for 10 to 15 minutes and later for up to 45 minutes per session....