Depression

Neurology Now
July/August 2007
Volume 3(4)
p 46–47
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There are several common types of clinical depression, such as major depression, dysthymia, and seasonal affective disorder. Clinical depression is not “feeling blue”: it is an illness affecting one's eating and sleeping behavior, one's feelings about oneself, and the way one thinks. Clinical depression is also not a “normal” emotional response to life or another illness. Without treatment, symptoms do not just go away; however, treatment by appropriate mental health physicians can help many people suffering from depression.

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Start with a comprehensive look at depression from the National Institute of Mental Health. The site includes numerous links for more resources, publications, mental health location services, and information on clinical trials:

nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/depressionmenu.cfm

Go here for a downloadable publication (also available in Spanish) from the National Institute of Mental Health. The booklet describes depression's symptoms, causes, and treatments:

nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depression.cfm

These two articles discuss depression in the elderly from the National Institutes of Health and include resources for suicide risk and links for additional information:

nih.gov/news/WordonHealth/jun2000/story01.htm

niapublications.org/agepages/depression.asp

Follow this link for an interactive patient tutorial from the Patient Education Institute at the National Institute of Mental Health. The multimedia presentation features a version with questions and one without, as well as a text summary:

nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/depression/htm/index.htm

Check out this site for details on current clinical trials on depression:

clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/action/FindCondition?ui=D003863&recruiting=true

Check out this site, the Mental Health Services Locator, by the Center for Mental Health Services:

mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases

This site has statistics about the co-occurrence of depression with medical and psychiatric disorders:

nmha.org/go/information/get-info/depression/co-occurring-disorders-and-depression

One of the most popular self-help books for people with depression is Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated, by David D. Burns, M.D. (Avon, Revised edition: October 1999).

Elizabeth Stump

Assistance Directory

HELP FOR ALL NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

American Academy of Neurology Foundation neurofoundation.org 866-770-7570

The Brain Matters AAN patient website thebrainmatters.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke ninds.nih.gov

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Alzheimer's Association alz.org 1-800-272-3900

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center alzheimers.org 1-800-438-4380

Alzheimer's Foundation of America alzfdn.org 1-866-232-8484

ATAXIA

National Ataxia Foundation ataxia.org 1-763-553-0020

AUTISM

Autism Society of America autism-society.org 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

CEREBRAL PALSY

United Cerebral Palsy ucp.org 1-800-872-5827

DYSTONIA

Dystonia Foundation dystonia-foundation.org 1-800-377-DYST (1-800-377-3978)

Spasmodic Torticollis spasmodictorticollis.org 1-888-445-4588

EPILEPSY AND SEIZURES

Epilepsy Foundation epilepsyfoundation.org 1-800-332-1000

Sturge-Weber Foundation sturge-weber.com 1-800-627-5482

HEADACHE/MIGRAINE

National Headache Foundation headaches.org 1-888-NHF-5552 (1-888-643-5552)

American Council for Headache Education achenet.org 1-856-423-0258

The Migraine and Pain Fund migraineandpainfund.org 646-495-3017

HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE

Hereditary Disease Foundation hdfoundation.org 212-928-2121

Huntington's Disease Society of America hdsa.org 1-800-345-HDSA (1-800-345-4372)

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America msassociation.org 1-800-532-7667

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation msfocus.org 1-800-225-6495

National Multiple Sclerosis Society nationalmssociety.org 1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867)

MYASTHENIA GRAVIS

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America myasthenia.org 1-800-541-5454

NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES

ALS Association alsa.org 1-800-782-4747

Muscular Dystrophy Association mda.org 1-800-FIGHT-MD (1-800-344-4863)

PAIN

American Pain Foundation painfoundation.org 1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)

Neuropathy Association neuropathy.org 212-692-0662

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

American Parkinson Disease Association apdaparkinson.org 1-800-223-2732

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research michaeljfox.org 1-800-708-7644

National Parkinson Foundation parkinson.org 1-800-327-4545

Parkinson's Disease Foundation pdf.org 1-800-457-6676

STROKE

American Stroke Association strokeassociation.org 1-888-4-STROKE (1-800-478-7653)

National Stroke Association stroke.org 1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6563)

TRAUMA

Brain Injury Association of America biausa.org 1-800-444-6443

Support Groups for Couples

To find out more about support groups, contact:

The National MS Society NationalMSSociety.org

The National Parkinson Foundation parkinson.org

The Neurological Disorders Support Group at WebMD boards.webmd.com/roundtable_topic/46

Yahoo list of neurology support groups: health.dir.groups.yahoo.com/dir/Health___Wellness/Support/Diseases_and_Conditions/Neurological_Disorders

The HealthWeb list of associations for different disorders, with information about support groups on the sites: healthweb.org/browse.cfm?categoryid=692

Family support groups by state for mental retardation, ADHD, and other disorders: mentalhelp.net/poc/view_index.php?idx=topics

Your local hospital, churches, and community centers

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