Depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain that leads to negative feelings towards life, and can last for weeks, months or years at a time. It also can lead to suicidal thoughts or attempts. It is most common in teenagers or college-age people, which can be caused by long-term sleeping problems or traumatic life events. It also is commonly handed down through genetics.

Media Influences

It can be difficult to find movies or TV shows on depression, but there are plenty of books and TV commercials on depression. There are many different kinds of books that you can look for, from autobiographies to books on self-help to books just about coping and helping you get through it. One such book is Peaceful Mind, which is a self help book that is widely recommended by doctors and psychiatrists to their patients. The book details different activities and other ideas to help bring up your mood, helping to ease the pressure of your depression. Depression is often associated with a poor economy, and so clinical depression can be a hidden message within political cartoons that target an economic depression. In these cases, clinical depression can be mistaken for sadness, loneliness or even just having a bad day. But if you read between the lines, and really think about why that person is sad, the thought will most likely come to you.
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Risk Factors


- Can affect your current relationships, and make it harder to create new ones.

- Can lead to negative thoughts and actions, which can include suicide.

- People can be negatively affected both emotionally and socially.


- Your job performance can be impaired due to decreased efficiency.

- Depression also affects chemicals in your brain, which can lead to concentration and mental problems.

- Each episode of depression you go through increases your chance of having another episode.

Communication with the Depressed

If you or a friend might be depressed, the first people that should be talked to are your parents. Just explain to them that you haven't been feeling good lately, and that you think that you might be getting depressed. The next person that you could talk to would be a trusted teacher or a friend's parents. Talking to them could be easier or harder because of what they know and don't know about you. The third option would be to call or e-mail your doctor, and ask them for advice on what to do, and ask their opinion about if they think it is depression, or just having a bad couple of days.

Medical Advances

- Some of the newer anti-depressant medications have less of the negative side effects that are usually associated with them. This way people can take the medication and not gain extra weight, create other diseases or make your immune system weaker.

- New tests are being researched, which would be able to look at certain things in your blood which would point to having or not having depression. This test was first used on mice, some of which were the control, or non-MDD (depressed) group, and mice that were given blood from a depressed donor. After researching this, the new test was repeated with 24 human volunteers. 12 with, and 12 without depression were included. This test proved to be very accurate, even giving small indicators of how severe the case of depression is. Still undergoing testing, the test is expected to come out some time in late 2013.


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