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There are several common types of clinical depression, such as major depression, dysthymia, and seasonal affective disorder. Clinical depression is not “feeling blue”: it is an illness affecting one's eating and sleeping behavior, one's feelings about oneself, and the way one thinks. Clinical depression is also not a “normal” emotional response to life or another illness. Without treatment, symptoms do not just go away; however, treatment by appropriate mental health physicians can help many people suffering from depression.

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Start with a comprehensive look at depression from the National Institute of Mental Health. The site includes numerous links for more resources, publications, mental health location services, and information on clinical trials:

Go here for a downloadable publication (also available in Spanish) from the National Institute of Mental Health. The booklet describes depression's symptoms, causes, and treatments:

These two articles discuss depression in the elderly from the National Institutes of Health and include resources for suicide risk and links for additional information:

Follow this link for an interactive patient tutorial from the Patient Education Institute at the National Institute of Mental Health. The multimedia presentation features a version with questions and one without, as well as a text summary:

Check out this site for details on current clinical trials on depression:

Check out this site, the Mental Health Services Locator, by the Center for Mental Health Services:

This site has statistics about the co-occurrence of depression with medical and psychiatric disorders:

One of the most popular self-help books for people with depression is Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated, by David D. Burns, M.D. (Avon, Revised edition: October 1999).

Elizabeth Stump

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Alzheimer's Association 1-800-272-3900

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center 1-800-438-4380

Alzheimer's Foundation of America 1-866-232-8484

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National Ataxia Foundation 1-763-553-0020

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Autism Society of America 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

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Multiple Sclerosis Foundation 1-800-225-6495

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Brain Injury Association of America 1-800-444-6443

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To find out more about support groups, contact:

The National MS Society

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The Neurological Disorders Support Group at WebMD

Yahoo list of neurology support groups:

The HealthWeb list of associations for different disorders, with information about support groups on the sites:

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