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At any given time, almost 24 million North Americans suffer from depressive illness. Two in three suffer in silence, fearing rejection and judgement. Most won't even talk to a family member or friend about their illness, let alone seek treatment.

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Stress & Depression
Chronic stress can lead to depressed and anxious moods, especially in adults over the age of 40.
Read: Chronic Stress & Depression

Clinical Depression
Advances in brain scanning technology reveal the physiological malfunction associated with neurological depression. Did you know that untreated clinical depression can destroy brain cells? Read: Clinical Depression

What is depression?
Depression is used to describe everything from clinical depression to normal sadness, discouragement, PMS, and stress.
Read Understanding Depression

Hormonal Havoc
Are your hormones driving your crazy? Why do some women escape the emotional effects, while others suffer erratic mood swings and other symptoms? Read: Hormonal Depression


If you are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to the emergency department of your local hospital.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of a medical doctor or mental health professional. DepressionFree.com seeks to help visitors better understand mental health and disorders.The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are meant to be discussed with your physician or other qualified health care professional before being acted on. This site is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing the symptoms of a mental disorder, see your doctor for a complete medical exam. If you have suicidal thoughts, call an ambulance or visit the nearest emergency ward. Read full disclaimer

Last updated:October 17, 2014

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 Mental Health News

CMHA Nation-wide Conference
The Canadian Mental Health Association national conference takes place October 22 - 24th 2014 at the Westin Calgary.
Theme: Strengthening Our Collective Voice
Register here

Neuroplasticity reduced in brains of people with depression
The brains of people with depression show a reduced ability to adapt to their environment, learning and memory. a unique study shows. This is one of the first objective tests to show that depression is linked to decreased neuroplasticity. The magnetic stimulation tests also showed the lesssened neuroplasticity was not related to how much effort the person made. Read more

Doctors urge mental health screenings with physical exams
Most people don't address mental health issues until they drastically interfere with their lives, says a new study. This could be avoided with regular screenings.
Read more - USA Today

Calgary Flames Hockey Coach talks about his battle with OCD and depression
Facing a losing battle with depression, OCD and heavy drinking, Clint Malarchuk put a bullet to his bed. Miraculously, he survivived. Today he tells his story to corporations and high schools. "What makes me any different than a diabetic or someone with high cholesterol or a heart condition. You need medication, you take it."
Read more - Calgary Sun

Canada launches wokplace standards for mental health and safety
The Mental Health Commission of Canada released a standardized tool to help Canadian companies promote mental health, reduce stigma and support employees dealing with mental illness.
Read more

Magnetic helmet "rewires" the brain
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a helmet using magnets to treat depression in patients who have failed to respond to antidepressant medications.
Read more

Toronto's CAMH launches Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention
A $7.2 million donation from the Temerty Family Foundation will fund research into promising new treatments for persistent and severe mental illness, including Canada's first clinic using Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST). Read more

Calgary researchers could help depression sufferers get well sooner
A new pilot project at Foothills Medical Centre and the University of Calgary could one day help people with major depression get well sooner. The study will use blood and urine tests and brain scans to determine if there is a biological marker that will help selecting the most effective medication. Read more

 

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