Depression

Expert advice and research trends on depression, including symptoms and diagnosis, getting the right care, and strategies for loved ones on how to help. Patient experts inspire with their testimonials of managing depression.

What Do You Do If a Loved One Is Depressed?

What do you say? What don’t you say? Reaching out to a loved one with depression takes thought and deliberation. Here is a helpful guide.

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What are the Signs of DMDD in Children?

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder is often misdiagnosed as bipolar, ADHD, or another mood disorder. Find out what to look for and what to do if your child has DMDD.

By Julie A. Fast

Want to Keep Depression at Bay? Catch a Play or See Some Art

If you want to lower your risk of depression as you age, amp up your engagement in cultural activities like trips to theaters, museums, and art galleries.

By Diane Domina

Small Trauma: How to Recognize and Deal With It

Trauma doesn’t always involve violence, death, or something big. Sometimes a stressful event is enough to trigger a depressive episode. Understand small trauma and how to get help.

By Mike Veny

Depression Can Raise A-Fib Risk

Research suggests people with depression have an increased risk for atrial fibrillation or a-fib, a heart rhythm disorder puts you at higher risk for stroke.

By Diane Domina

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness in College

Mental illness affects all people, from all backgrounds. It's time we fought fear with facts.

By Peter Chlebogiannis

Being Overweight Causes Depression, Especially in Women

A study suggests there’s a causal link between being overweight and being depressed, even in people without additional health problems, especially women.

By Diane Domina

How to Break Up With Your Therapist

Breaking up is hard to do. Especially with a therapist. Lara DeSanto offers cogent advice supported by interviews with two mental health experts.

By Lara DeSanto

10 FAQs About the Meaning and Course of Depression

For a condition as common as depression, it is remarkable how many misconceptions and myths still attach to the term itself. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions.

By Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS

10 Ways to Escape a Low Mood

Feeling low? Here's a creative list of 10 things to lift your spirits and escape the blahs. Suggestions include moving things around, retail therapy, and connecting with others.

By Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS

Abstinence from Moderate Drinking Can Lead to Depression

A study shows that when mice stop drinking moderate levels of alcohol they can become depressed around two weeks later. Here's more information about the association between moderate drinking and depression.

By Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS

Meet the Experts

Therese Borchard

Senior Editor

Therese Borchard is Senior Editor at Health Central, where she covers Mental Health & Wellness among other topics. She has written for a variety of websites, is the author of several books, and is a passionate mental health advocate.

Mike Veny

Patient Expert

Mike Veny is one of world’s leading mental health speakers and a high-energy corporate drumming event facilitator.

Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D.

Health Professional

Dr. Isaiah uses the science of psychology to help you become a better version of your most authentic self by making mental wellness education fun.

Therese Borchard

Senior Editor

Therese Borchard is Senior Editor at Health Central, where she covers Mental Health & Wellness among other topics. She has written for a variety of websites, is the author of several books, and is a passionate mental health advocate.