Depression is an illness that affects mood and may also affect sleep, appetite or feelings about oneself. In most cases, depression will not resolve on its own. Symptoms may endure for weeks, months or longer without treatment.
Major depression is characterized by either depressed mood or a loss of interest in activities that were previously pleasurable. Individuals may also experience a combination of symptoms that can impair the ability to function (e.g., in work, school and relationships). A person who experiences an episode of major depression may have a lifetime of repeat episodes.
Minor depression is less well known than major depression, but can still have profound effects on daily life and functional ability. Patients with minor depression also experience depressed mood and lack of interest, although they usually have fewer symptoms than those with major depression.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Constant sadness or depressed mood
- Diminished interest or pleasure in most activities
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Insomnia or sleeping more than usual without feeling refreshed
- Feelings of restlessness or feeling "slowed down"
- Feelings of fatigue nearly every day
- Inability to concentrate or inability to make decisions
- Recurrent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
If you have had some of the above symptoms for two weeks or more, you may be suffering from depression. Like other medical conditions, depression can be treated. Cedars-Sinai's Psychiatry Research Team may be able to help.
Our Psychiatry Research Team is currently conducting clinical trials dealing with depression and its symptoms. Qualified clinical trial participants will receive study medication, physical exams and lab tests at no cost.
Our Depression Research Studies:
We currently do not have any active research studies on depression. However, to find out more about all other clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai, please click on the link or contact us at:
|Psychiatry Research at the Thalians Mental Health Center|
|Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
|8730 Alden Dr., Room E-123|
|Los Angeles, CA 90048|
|Phone: 1-888-CEDARS-3 (233-2773)|
|Alt Phone: 310-423-6515|