100 Q&A About Depression (100 Questions & Answers about) by Ava Albrecht

By Ava Albrecht

Written via a in demand health care professional from ny college clinical middle, this booklet is a useful source for a person dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this debilitating .

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Many depressed persons can have ups and downs in their mood. qxd 3/24/05 9:10 M Page 43 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT DEPRESSION Diagnosis tion is important because manic depression is another name for a condition called bipolar disorder (see Question 19), and depression in bipolar disorder is treated differently than in major depression. Bipolar disorder is less frequent than major depressive disorder, occurring in approximately 1% of the population. It is also more closely associated with family history and, in general, is a more severe illness.

8 million adults in the United States who suffer from depression. Close to 25% of persons seeking medical treatment in their primary care doctor’s office suffer from depression. Not only does depression have a personal cost on individuals and their families, it has a significant cost on society. As many people who are depressed do not seek treatment, the cost of untreated depression to society runs into tens of billions of dollars, in part because of decreased productivity at work and overuse of primary healthcare services.

Nearly all effective antidepressant medications affect receptors for dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in the brains of animal models. qxd 3/21/05 11:32 M Page 24 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT DEPRESSION Antidepressant a drug specifically marketed for and capable of relieving the symptoms of clinical depression. the use of medications that either block destruction of the chemicals or block the reuptake of those chemicals. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are a class of medications that block the destruction of the chemicals.

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