Suicide Rates Are on the Rise 

Increased opioid use and the troubled economy could be reasons.

Depression Risk Assessment

Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from depression. More women than men suffer from this health condition. Major depression is an illness that affects a person's body, feelings, thoughts, and behavior.

Certain things can trigger an episode of depression. They include a stressful life event, genetics, physical illness, medications, drug or alcohol abuse, or hormone levels. Any one of these factors, or a combination of them, can make depression more likely. The following questionnaire can help you assess your risk for depression.

1. In the last year have you thought seriously about killing yourself?
2. Have any of these stressful events happened to you during the last 12 months? (Check all that apply.)
3. Have you been in trouble with the law in the last 12 months?
4. Has someone close to you recently committed suicide?
5. Has anyone in your family (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, or uncles) had any of the following conditions? (Check all that apply.)
6. Do you have or have you ever had any of these conditions? (Check all that apply.)


Caring for Someone with Depression 

Mood disorders are especially hard on caregivers. Take care of yourself.


Magnetic Therapy for Severe Depression 

Powerful magnets somehow realign neurons in part of the brain known to cause depression.


The Pros and Cons of Shock Therapy for Depression 

Thousands of cases have found it to be safe and effective, but with some side effects that dissipate over time.


Why Psychiatry Is Behind Other Kinds of Medicine 

We don’t know enough about the brain.


Eating Refined Carbs and Junk Food Can Cause Depression 

Avoiding high-glycemic foods may treat and prevent mood swings and depression.


Help for Teen Blues 

Better sleep, diet, and exercise can make a big difference.


Nutrients Can Boost the Effectiveness of Antidepressants  

If you still have depression symptoms despite taking an antidepressant, specific supplements may help.


Yoga for Depression 

It offers an escape from the endless rumination that characterizes this illness.


Does Therapy Work for Depression?  

Yes, but not as well as we thought.


7 Strategies to Stop Deadly Thoughts 

Here are solutions to your problems that don’t involve suicide.