Department of Psychiatry

Major Depression Resources

Major depression is a common mental disorder that affects about 1 in 8 Americans at some point in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely to have an episode of major depression as men and the condition tends to run in families. It is important that we improve recognition of major depression and effective treatment delivery. The World Health Organization estimates that major depression will rank behind only ischemic heart disease as the second leading cause of disease burden (first among females and populations in developing countries) by the year 2020. It is currently the leading cause of completed suicide. In the last twenty years we have learned a great deal about the neurobiological, social and psychological factors that cause or contribute to the development of major depression and the medical (medications, electroconvulsive therapy and light therapy) and psychotherapy treatments that are most effective in gaining and maintaining remission of the condition.

The websites offered here are selected as starting points for clinicians, patients and loved ones to learn more about major depression, research in the field and the best practices in treatment and support for those affected by the disorder. The sites have been selected as reliable sources of information, but we cannot say that all the information contained within any one website is currently accurate.

We hope you will find this site a helpful gateway to the world of information about major depression available on the internet.