FAST FACTS
 
 
Depressive disorders affect approximately
  18.8 million American adults or about 9.5%
  of the U.S. population.                
  
 
Two thirds of people suffering from depression   
  do not seek appropriate treatment
.
 

Mental (Behavioral) Health Resources 



Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that involves a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is not something that can be willed away or ignored. For more information click the links below: 

Major Depression

      

UMass Department of 
Psychiatry
  

National Alliance of Mental Health

 

What Is Depression?

UMass Depression Clinic 

 

 

 


 




The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has funded a lot of projects on recognizing and treating depression in primary care. Click here for info.

When you are depressed, sometimes it feels like nothing will help and there is nothing you can do to feel better. But here are some ideas that others have found very helpful:

Action Plan 

Action Plan (Spanish)

Help Yourself

Help Yourself (Spanish)

Your provider may have suggested you start a medication. Click here to learn more about taking antidepressant medication:

Dep Meds

Dep Meds (Spanish)

Antidepressant

Antidepressant (Spanish)

Psychological counseling can also help treat depression, either instead of medication or in addition to medication. For more information about counseling for depression:

Psychological Counseling

Psychological Counseling (Spanish)