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Depression: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about getting help for depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Your Teen Screened for Depression

More than 1 in 10 teens have some symptoms of depression. Ask your teen’s doctor to screen your child for depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk to a Doctor About Depression

Depression is a real illness. Most people with depression feel better when they get treatment. That’s why it is important to talk to a doctor as soon as possible.

Review Date: March 29, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hopeline: Get Help Now

Find telephone support, email, and online chat resources if you or a loved one is severely depressed or expresses suicidal thoughts. Specific hotlines are provided for military veterans, teens, Spanish speakers, and women suffering from postpartum depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Kristin Brooks Hope Center

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card- (PDF)

This wallet card lists the warning signs of depression and suicide that may occur after a traumatic event. It also urges those who exhibit signs to call the toll-free suicide prevention hotline number on the wallet card: 1-800-273-8255.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Treatment Of Children with Mental Illness -FAQ- (PDF)

This fact sheet addresses common questions about diagnosis and treatment options for children with mental illnesses. Disorders affecting children include: anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, and eating disorders.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Bipolar Disorder (Easy to Read)

An easy-to-read booklet with a personal story of bipolar disorder -- includes a checklist of symptoms and tips on getting help.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Depression - National Institute on Aging

There are many reasons why depression in older people is often missed or untreated. The good news is that people who are depressed usually feel better with the right treatment.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Depression (Brochure)

Signs of depression can appear differently in men, women, children and older adults. This brochure describes the differences, and offers information on where to find help for yourself or for a loved one who is depressed.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Depression (PDQ®)

Depression is a disabling illness that affects about 15% to 25% of cancer patients. This brief summary describes the causes and treatment of depression and risk factors and prevention of suicide in adults and children who have cancer.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Depression After Brain Injury: A Guide for Patients and Their Caregivers

If you have experienced a mild, moderate, or severe injury to your brain due to a sudden trauma, this research-based guide that will help you understand your condition, risk of depression, and treatment choices.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Depression and African Americans

Depression has often been misdiagnosed in the African American community. Learn about clinical depression and related causes, myths, symptoms, and treatment options.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Mental Health America

Depression and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease and depression have many symptoms that are alike. It can be hard to tell the difference between them. Learn typical signs of depression, how it is treated, what you can do to help.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Depression Calculator

This tool can help you determine if you should see a healthcare professional to discuss your feelings and learn if you may have depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

University of Maryland Medical Center

Depression Fact Sheet

Learn about the types, signs and causes of depression, and where to get help if you need it.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Office on Women's Health

Depression in Older Adults

Many of the changes faced by older adults can lead to depression. However, depression is not a normal or necessary part of aging, and there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms, no matter your age or the challenges you face.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Helpguide

Depression: Interactive Tutorial from Medline Plus

Watch this short presentation to learn more about depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Depression: NIMH Health Information

Depression is a serious medical illness. It’s feeling "down" and "low" and "hopeless" for weeks at a time. A short video and resources are offered to help you learn about signs, symptoms and current research on depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Depression: Supporting a Family Member or Friend

People with depression may not recognize or acknowledge that they're depressed. Help the person you care about recognize the symptoms of depression and get treatment.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Feeling Sad

Do you know the difference between having the blues and having depression? Read this article to learn more about your feelings.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find Support: Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers both in-person and online support and forums, educational materials, and personalized wellness tools.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Finding a Mental Health Professional- (PDF)

There are many types of mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and others. Read on for information on choosing the right type of professional for you, and learn what you can expect from mental health treatment services.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Let's Talk About Emotional Changes After Stroke- (PDF)

Post-stroke psychological emotions are“natural.” They’re part of adjusting to the changes brought by a stroke. Often,talking about the effects of the stroke and acknowledging these feelings helps stroke survivors deal with these emotions.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

Mental Health Services Locator

This locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public. Find services by state or zip code.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mental Health Topics (multimedia)

This multimedia site features brief information on a variety of mental health topics including, anxiety, autism, depression, panic disorder, and more. Listen to taped presentations in the English, Russian, Spanish and Somali languages.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Healthy Roads Media

NIH SeniorHealth: Depression FAQ

How are older adults affected by depression? What should I do if I think I am depressed? How can I get immediate help if I am in a crisis? Find answers here to these, and other frequently asked questions.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Personal Wellness Tools: Wellness Tracker and Toolbox

The DBSA Wellness Tracker is an innovative, user-friendly online tool that allows you to keep track of your physical and emotional/mental wellness. The Wellness Toolbox helps you communicate better with your doctor, keep track of your symptoms and moods, and more.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Screening for Depression

This brief quiz is intended as an initial screening tool for depression, but it is not a substitute for professional mental health care. Only a qualified health professional can diagnose depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Mayo Clinic

Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Addressing the problem can help you keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment: Choosing a Light Therapy Box

A light therapy box is a device used mainly to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression. Light therapy boxes can be purchased over-the-counter or on the Internet without a doctor's prescription. Learn about features to consider before buying this device.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Teens: Depression

Learn to recognize the signs of depression and what to do to get better.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Understanding Depression

Learn about different types of depression in children and how you can help.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

What Is Depression?

This site includes videos and text about the symptoms, causes and risk factors for depression. Treatment, including medication and psychotherapy, is discussed as well.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Why Am I So Sad?

This fact sheet discusses sadness in children and teenagers, the difference between sadness and depression and where to get help when sadness becomes depression. This information is intended for use by children and adolescents.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Women and Depression: Discovering Hope

This booklet describes the symptoms, treatment and factors contributing to depression that are unique to women.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH