Learn the signs, symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated.
Format: Multimedia e-learning lesson
In this detailed overview you can read about the symptoms of depression, how it is assessed and diagnosed, as well as treatment options, and questions to ask your health care team.
Major depressive disorder is a serious medical illness. It’s more than just a feeling of being sad or “blue” for a few days. The symptoms persist and interfere with your everyday life. It can cause severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. It is an illness that can affect anyone—regardless of age, race, income, culture, or education. It is more common in women and often begins in teens and young adults. There are effective treatments for depression, including talk therapy, antidepressants, or both.
To learn more about major depressive disorder read our detailed overview.
Helpful Links and Resources
Expert-selected websites and documents related to depression.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Health info about depression in older adults from CAMH.View Resource
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
FAQ about depression.View Resource
Patient and Family Guide to Depression Treatment
Based on the CANMAT 2016 Clinical Guidelines, this PDF provides an overview of treatment options.View Resource
Mood Disorders Society of Canada
Booklet with an easy-to-understand description of depression.View Resource
BounceBack is a free program from the CMHA that helps you build skills to improve your mental health.View Resource
Find Canadian Mental Health Association
Find CMHA in your area.View Resource
Health Quality Ontario Patient Reference Guide
HQO Quality Standard patient reference guide for major depression.View Resource
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