Depression

Overview

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most who experience it need treatment to get better. The good news is that depression, even the most severe cases, is a highly treatable disorder.

Screening

You may be wondering if you have symptoms of Depression. One way of determining that is to take a brief confidential and anonymous screen. Only you will see the results of the brief screen. None of the results are stored or sent anywhere. You can choose to print a copy of the results for your own records or to give to your physician or a mental health professional.

Articles & Fact Sheets

  • What is Major Depression?: A VA Fact Sheet providing information on: basic facts, symptoms, treatments, and information for families (2011).

  • Depression: A detailed booklet with information on symptoms, causes, treatments, getting help and coping (2007).

  • Depression (Easy to Read): An easy-to-read booklet that explains what depression is, how long it lasts and how to get help (2007).

  • Older Adults and Depression: A brief statistical fact sheet on depression and suicide in older adults, with information on treatments and suicide prevention (2003).

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