Understanding depression

This section is here to give you the basic facts about depression and understand your loved one’s treatment options.

Understanding Depression

This section is here to give you the basic facts about depression and help you understand your loved one’s treatment options.

The basics

What is depression?

Basic facts, who it affects, and common misconceptions about depression.

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Types of depression

Covers the different terms health professionals might use when describing your loved one’s condition and what they mean.

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Causes of depression

An overview of the possible factors that may cause depression.

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How is it treated?

Treatments for mild depression

Looks at what treatments will be recommended if someone has mild depression.

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Treatment for moderate to severe depression

Looks at what treatments will be recommended if someone has moderate to severe depression.

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FAQs about medication

What kind of medication will they be offered? What happens if it doesn’t work? This page answers your most common questions.

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Alternatives

Looks at popular alternative treatments like St John’s Wort and Light Therapy and how to use them safely.

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