- What is depression?
- What are the different forms of depression?
- What are the basic signs and symptoms of depression?
- What causes depression in women?
- What illnesses often coexist with depression in women?
- How does depression affect adolescent girls?
- How does depression affect older women?
- How is depression diagnosed and treated?
- What efforts are underway to improve treatment?
- How can I help a friend or relative who is depressed?
- How can I help myself if I am depressed?
- Where can I go for help?
- What if I or someone I know is in crisis?
Where can I go for help?
If you are unsure where to go for help, ask your family doctor. Others who can help are:
- Mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors.
- Health maintenance organizations (HMOs).
- Community mental health centers.
- Hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics.
- Mental health programs at universities or medical schools.
- State hospital outpatient clinics.
- Family services, social agencies or clergy.
- Peer support groups.
- Private clinics and facilities.
- Employee assistance programs.
- Local medical and/or psychiatric societies.
You can also check the phone book under "mental health," "health," "social services," "hotlines," or "physicians" for phone numbers and addresses. An emergency room doctor also can provide temporary help and can tell you where and how to get further help.