Depression Section

About one in five people will suffer from depression in their lifetime. In this section you will learn the causes, symptoms, treatment, and relapse prevention strategies for depression. Depression is treatable.

Depression In Depth

  • Major Depression

    Learn the symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention strategies for depression, major depression, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

  • Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder is periods of alternating high and low moods. Bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression.

  • Anxiety

    Anxiety and depression often go together. Learn the symptoms and causes of anxiety and anxiety disorders.

  • Depression Treatment

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    Is the most proven treatment for depression. CBT reduces your depression by helping you develop healthier ways of thinking about yourself, the world, and your future.

  • Stress Management, Meditation and Mindfulness

    Important coping skills for letting go of negative thinking and being in the moment.

  • Antidepressant Medication

    The most successful treatment of depression is usually a combination of therapy and antidepressants.

  • St. John’s Wort (Natural Antidepressant)

    St. John’s wort has been proven to be as effective as prescribed antidepressants for the treatment of mild depression.

  • Family Support

    Mental health issues are family issues. Family and friends need to learn what helps when supporting someone with depression, what doesn’t help, and the importance of taking care of oneself.

  • Depression Tests

    Tests for depression and bipolar disorder based on the DSM criteria.

  • Major Depression Test – DSM Criteria (pdf)

  • Major Depression Screening Test – PHQ9 (pdf)

  • Bipolar Disorder Test – DSM Criteria (pdf)

  • Links

  • Depression Links

    A reviewed list of organizations, agencies, self-help groups, and forums for dealing with depression. The most important step you can take in overcoming depression is reaching out and asking for help.

Last Modified: September 10, 2018