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Depression Fast Facts
Between 20% and 50% of children who are diagnosed with depression have relatives with a history of depression. Nearly half of adolescents who are diagnosed with depression will continue to have symptoms of the disorder for as long as four years after diagnosis. As many as 70% of adolescents diagnosed with depression will experience a relapse of symptoms in adulthood.
While anger and irritable outbursts have not historically been considered a symptom of depression, more recent research has suggested that chronic irritability or anger is often present in those diagnosed with the disorder.
Antidepressant drugs are often used to elevate a patient’s mood and lessen the severity of depressive symptoms. Electroconvulsive therapy is sometimes used to treat severe depression, especially when psychosis is present at the same time or the condition is deemed to be putting the life of the patient in danger.
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The most commonly successful therapeutic method for combating depression is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
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Depression Caregiver Tips
Caring for someone with major depression can be very frustrating and exhausting. Many of the disorder’s symptoms manifest in ways that are emotionally taxing for the sufferer’s loved ones, and those who are close to someone with depression are at risk of developing depression themselves.
Caregivers for someone with major depression should consider these tips in order to help the sufferer and themselves to cope with the disorder: