Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Depression

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Is Depression Treated?

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

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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.

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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 About.com.
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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.

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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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