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Major Depression and other Unipolar Depressions

Major Depression

For people dealing with Major Depression, negative feelings linger, intensify, and often become debilitating.

Major Depression is a common yet serious medical condition that affects both the mind and body. It is a complex illness, creating physical, psychological, and social symptoms. Although informally, we often use the term “depression” to describe general sadness, the term Major Depression is defined by a formal set of criteria which describe which symptoms must be present before the label may be appropriately used.

Major Depression is a mood disorder. The term “mood” describes one’s emotions or emotional temperature. It is a set of feelings that express a sense of emotional comfort or discomfort. Sometimes, mood is described as a prolonged emotion that colors a person’s whole psychic life and state of well-being. For example, if someone is depressed, they may not feel like exercising. By not exercising for long periods of time, they will eventually experience the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle such as fatigue, muscle aches and pains, and in some cases, heart disease.

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Dad's Depression Affects Toddler's Behavior, Too Mar 18, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression in fathers may be linked to anxiety and bad behavior in toddlers, a new study suggests. "Fathers' emotions affect their children," study author Sheehan Fisher, an instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago... Read More


Depression May Worsen Problem of Obesity Among the Poor Mar 10, 2015

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression may increase the risk of poor nutrition and obesity among Americans receiving food assistance, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 600 people who were the main food shoppers in low-income families living in "food deserts" in Pittsburgh. The... Read More


Stress, Depression a 'Perfect Storm' of Trouble for Heart Patients Mar 10, 2015

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease, depression and stress can be a deadly combination, a new study finds. Researchers looking at the effect of significant stress and deep depression on nearly 4,500 patients with heart disease called the pairing a "psychosocial perfect storm." "The... Read More


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