Major depression is a mood disorder characterized by emotional, behavioral and cognitive dysfunction. Individuals having depression history in their families have a higher risk of suffering from depression.
Antidepressants are drugs used to relieve the symptoms of depression. They were first developed in the 1950’s and are being extensively used for approximately 50 years.
• Definition of depression • Forms of depression • How is it diagnosed? • Who is prone to depression? • Depression and suicide • Treatment methods in depression • Drugs • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) • Psychotherapy • Other treatments • Recommendations to family members of the patient
Science Daily, March 23, 2012