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Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties
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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
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Conquering the Beast Within
Cry Depression, Celebrate Recovery
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Depression
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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
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Everything Is Fine
Experiences of Depression
Handbook of Depression
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In Pursuit of Happiness
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Killing the Black Dog
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Lifting Depression
Lincoln's Melancholy
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Malignant Sadness
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Raising a Moody Child
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Songs from the Black Chair
Speaking of Sadness
Spontaneous Happiness
Student Depression
Subordination and Defeat
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Swing Low
Talking Back to Prozac
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Mood Disorders
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