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Depression is a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can cause physical symptoms, too. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression.


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The stress, uncertainty and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increasing mental health concerns. Patrick Bigaouette, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System psychiatrist, will discuss tips and tricks to manage anxiety, depression and isolation, as well as ways to maintain good mental health.

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How to support a loved one with depression

When a friend or family member has depression, it's difficult to know what to do or say. Here's how to offer support and understanding —and help your loved one get the resources they need.

Erik Wing, Ph.D. By Erik Wing July 29, 2022

Can massage relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress?

It's impossible to avoid stress. Find out why massage therapy isn't just for pampering and can help your body and mind find relief.

Amy Marsolek By Amy Marsolek July 20, 2022

College students and depression: A guide for parents

Many college students struggle with depression or anxiety. As school resumes, talk about these conditions with your student, and brush up on symptoms and warning signs so you can step in with help.

Reese Druckenmiller LICSW By Reese Druckenmiller July 19, 2022

Could you be depressed?

Do you always feel tired or not like "you" anymore? Have you lost interest in hobbies that you used to love? Learn about depression, and get tips to help you feel more like yourself.

Daniel Lynch, L.P.C. By Daniel Lynch October 7, 2021

Use mindfulness to improve well-being

If you've heard of or read about mindfulness — a form of meditation — you might be curious about how to practice it. Find out how to do mindfulness exercises and how they might benefit you.

June 22, 2020

Seasonal affective disorder explained

Are you starting to feel a little blue this winter? Long, dark days can affect your mood. Learn about seasonal affective disorder and how you can manage the symptoms.

Kyja Stygar, M.D. By Kyja Stygar January 16, 2018

When grief goes unacknowledged

The holiday can be a difficult time for many, especially if you are dealing with unacknowledged grief.

December 22, 2016

Answers about oft-questioned psychiatric medications

Taking medications on a daily basis can be a chore, but it becomes more challenging if there’s lack of understanding of or misconceptions about your medication. Many patients are skeptical about taking psychiatric medications. Here are the facts.

June 22, 2015

Offering support to the grieving

A traumatic event often causes deep-rooted, profound feelings. Depending on the nature of the event, those feelings may be fear, confusion, grief or a combination of emotions. Feelings of traumatic grief are complex and encompass many challenges and reactions — both emotional and physical. In order to effectively support someone who is grieving, you must first understand grief’s nuances.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf June 9, 2015

Depression — Let's snap out of expecting to snap out of it

Depression is an illness that often is mistakenly thought of as a condition that can be overcome with positive thinking. It's not that easy or simple.

April 29, 2015

Seasonal affective disorder: Not just the winter blues

The holiday season has passed. In the Midwest, we are settling in for a few more months of cold weather. These months can be challenging. For some of you, the added stress of seasonal mood changes can be an unwelcome visitor. But it may be more than just a case of the winter blues.

January 15, 2015

Coping with holiday stress — Keeping our expectations realistic

The holiday season is just weeks away. For many of us, the holiday season brings hopes of beautiful times spent with family, friends and loved ones. But for some, it's the start of the "season of stress."

November 10, 2014