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Information on Depression: Where to Look

Aug 17, 2007
Information on depression can be found in many places and in many ways. To find information on depression suitable for your needs, continue reading. The major sources of information on depression are professional journals, magazines, books, newspapers and of course, the Internet.

Medical practitioner
One of the best sources for information on depression is your family doctor. Your healthcare provider not only has the medical knowledge but can easily break it down in simple, non-medical terms for you to understand. Don't be afraid to ask for clarification if you need it.

Books
There are several books out there that are an ideal source of information on overcoming depression. You are no longer limited to print books as there are other options such as electronic books (e-books). With the advent of e-books, you can purchase e-books to be read on your computer or handheld devices such as a PDA (Personal Data Assistant).

Many e-books on depression have firsthand accounts that make it easy for you to relate.

The Library
This is a virtual treasure trove of free information on depression. Here you will find articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, books and on the Internet. Ask your librarian for help if you're having difficulty finding what you need.

Internet
Another great source of information on depression, its causes, symptoms and treatment, is the World Wide Web or Web as it is most commonly known.

While depression information on the web is suited for all reading levels, it is important to remember that anyone can post to the web. Care must be taken when using information on depression, especially treatment options, taken from the Internet.

Make sure to visit sites that are maintained by professional organizations to validate what you've read.

Professional journals
These journals include mental health and psychology articles specifically for the professional, but the layman reader can also find some valuable information.

Other places to find information or articles on depression are your local mental health clinic, department of social services and persons who are living with depression or have suffered from depression.

Friends and family members of these persons can also provide valuable information on depression, especially on treatment of depression.

The most important information to know is to speak to your doctor or other healthcare professional before starting any anti-depression treatment.

Pre-existing medical conditions or other factors may make it dangerous to use certain methods of treatment for depression, for example, if you have a liver disease some drugs may make your condition worse.
About the Author
Jonathan Sapling writes extensively on depression and related mental health issues.
To read more about depression go to his Depression Site
Or visit his blog about: Mental Health News
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