Depression: We're In a World of Hurt
September 7, 2014
Having the occasional case of the blues is one thing. Depression that affects your ability to go to work, do the things you like to do and maintain relationships with friends and loved ones is something entirely different. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast clinical psychologist Dr. Charles Walker answers questions about recognizing and treating clinical depression.
- What is depression and what are its most common symptoms?
- What is the difference between occasional or episodic depression and long-term, chronic depression?
- What is the best weay to treat both short-term and long-term depression?
- One in 10 Americans are now taking anti-depressant medications. Why has the been such a dramatic increase in the number of people in the U.S. taking these drugs?
- How effective are antidepressant medications in treating depression?
- What are the most common side effects attendant to taking antidepressants?
- If someone thinks that he or she may be suffering from depression based on the symptoms you have described, what's the next best step to take?
- Are there other things besides therapy or taking medications that can be done to fight the feelings of depression? Exercise, for example?
- What about natural treatments for depression such as St. John's Wort or Omega-3 fatty acids -- how effective are they?
- How serious is depression if left untreated?