Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Depression

Answers to your most frequently asked questions about depression from Nancy Schimelpfening.

Am I Depressed?

One way to know if you may be suffering from the symptoms of depression is to take a screening test. The free test below will help you determine if the symptoms that you are experiencing could be symptoms which require evaluation by a mental health professional.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

If you have experienced at least five of the symptoms listed in the article linked below within the past couple of weeks - especially if you feel depressed or just not interested in the things that you used to enjoy - you may have the symptoms of depression.

What Is the Difference Between Clinical Depression and Sadness?

While we often think of depression and sadness as being the same thing, they are actually very different.

What Causes Depression?

Do you know what the term neurotransmitter means and how these important chemical messengers are related to depression? This article explains the biochemical basis for depression.

How Is Depression Treated?

This article provides a general outline of the basic types of treatment that are available for depression.

How Long Will It Take for Me to Feel Better?

Your doctor will provide you with specific information about your medication, but this article can give you a general idea of what to expect when you begin treatment.

Where Can I Find Reliable Drug Information?

Thanks to our partnership with Gold Standard - a leading provider of drug information for hospitals, pharmacies and medical schools - you can find good quality information about your medication right here on

How Do I Select a Doctor?

When selecting a doctor, it is important to keep a few things in mind, such as their level of experience and how comfortable you feel working with them. These articles give further tips for selecting a doctor or therapist to treat you for depression.

Whom Should I Call If I Feel Suicidal?

If you are feeling suicidal, there are numerous resources available to help you. You can make a toll-free call to speak with a crisis counselor from anywhere in the U.S. by dialing either 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255. Residents of other countries can search for crisis lines in their country by visiting Befrienders Worldwide. To locate additional crisis resources, please click the link below.

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