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Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties
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Major Depression Resources

Everyone has days where they feel blah, down, or sad. Typically, these feelings disappear after a day or two, particularly if circumstances change for the better. People experiencing the temporary "blues" don't feel a sense of crushing hopelessness or helplessness, and are able, for the most part, to continue to engage in regular activities. Prolonged anhedonia (the inability to experience pleasure), hopelessness, and failure to experience an increase in mood in response positive events rarely accompany "normal" sadness. The same may be said for other, more intense sorts of symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and hallucinations (e.g., hearing voices). Instead, such symptoms suggest that serious varieties of depression may be present, including the subject of this document: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or (more informally), Major Depression.

For people dealing with Major Depression, negative feelings linger, intensify, and often become debilitating.

Major Depression is a common yet serious medical condition that affects both the mind and body. It is a complex illness, creating physical, psychological, and social symptoms. Although informally, we often use the term "depression" to describe general sadness, the term Major Depression is defined by a formal set of criteria which describe which symptoms must be present before the label may be appropriately used.

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A Heart of Stone
A Mood Apart
A Philosophical Disease
Active Treatment of Depression
Adolescent Depression
Against Depression
An Unquiet Mind
Beating the Blues
Before Prozac
Beyond Blue
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Calm Energy
Conquering Postpartum Depression
Conquering the Beast Within
Cry Depression, Celebrate Recovery
Damage
Depression
Depression 101
Depression Fallout
Depression in Context
Depression Is a Choice
Depression, the Mood Disease
Depression-Free for Life
Doctors of Deception
Down Came the Rain
Dysthymia and the Spectrum of Chronic Depressions
Emotional Claustrophobia
Essential Psychopharmacology of Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Everything Is Fine
Experiences of Depression
Handbook of Depression
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In Pursuit of Happiness
Journeys with the Black Dog
Killing the Black Dog
LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues--Level 1
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Lifting Depression
Lincoln's Melancholy
Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married
Malignant Sadness
Manufacturing Depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Mood Genes
My Depression
Natural Healing for Depression
New Hope for People with Depression
On Depression
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Out of the Blue
Outsmarting Depression
Overcoming Depression
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Raising a Moody Child
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Songs from the Black Chair
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Student Depression
Subordination and Defeat
Sunbathing in the Rain
Swing Low
Talking Back to Prozac
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Mood Disorders
The Anatomy of Melancholy
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The Antidepressant Era
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The Cruelty of Depression
The Depressed Child
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The Devil Within
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The Family Silver
The Feeling Good Handbook
The Mood Cure
The Nature of Melancholy
The Noonday Demon
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Understanding Depression
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