Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD on March 24, 2016
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Q:Depression is a mood disorder and mental illness. True or false?
Q:What are signs and symptoms of depression?
A:There are many signs and symptoms of depression; these may be psychological or physical in nature.
Q:Depression is one part of bipolar disorder. What is the other?
A:Bipolar disorder, once referred to as manic depression, consists of episodes of depression that alternate with periods of intensely elevated mood known as mania.
Q:What is postpartum depression?
A:Postpartum depression is depression that occurs after childbirth. Rapid changes in hormone levels after birth may be partially responsible for this type of depression.
Q:What causes depression?
A:Depression is thought to be caused by a complex combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors.
Q:Depression is treatable. True or false?
A:Depression is treatable.
Q:What are symptoms of depression in children and teens?
A:Children and teens experiencing depression are often sad or irritable.
Q:Depression and anxiety disorders are the same. True or false?
A:Depression is different from anxiety disorders, but some people have symptoms of both conditions.
Q:Depression is an overreaction to stress in life. True or false?
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