Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is depression?
  2. How are older adults affected by depression?
  3. What are the different types of depression?
  4. Is depression a disorder of the brain?
  5. How do I know if I am at risk for depression?
  6. What other conditions may co-exist with depression?
  7. What are the symptoms of depression?
  8. What should I do if I think I am depressed?
  9. Is depression treatable?
  10. What types of medication are used to treat depression?
  11. How do I take antidepressants?
  12. I have been taking an antidepressant for a while, and now I am feeling better. Can I stop taking it?
  13. What kind of side effects can I expect from an antidepressant?
  14. I've heard that the herb St. John's wort is used to treat depression. Does it work and is it safe?
  15. Will psychotherapy effectively treat my depression?
  16. Is medication or psychotherapy more effective in treating depression in older adults?
  17. Can a brain stimulation therapy such as electroconvulsive therapy help with depression?
  18. What other brain stimulation therapies are used?
  19. How is treatment for depression being improved?
  20. How can I get immediate help if I am in a crisis?

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