Depression and other mood disorders

Depression comprises several disorders. Major depression can occur independently or as part of bipolar disorder and is not rare. It is a severe condition and can be associated with psychosis and suicidal behavior. Major depression has a genetically determined biological basis, but psychological factors are also important in the genesis of depression. A milder but chronic form of depression is characterized by a depressed mood that is usually present during a period of at least 1 year, low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness, poor concentration, low energy, and changes in school or work performance, sleep, and appetite. Another type of depression is adjustment disorder with depressed mood. This is a time-limited depression that follows a stressful event and constitutes a maladaptive response to that event.

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Investigating depression diagnosis and treatment
Depression is a common yet serious condition in children and adults with and without disabilities. In one study, a psychiatrist/neuroscientist explores an innovative diagnostic approach. In another study, a psychologist and colleagues investigate effectiveness of combining cognitive therapy with antidepressant medicine.

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David Cole, Ph.D.
Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Psychology and Human Development

Bruce Compas, Ph.D.
Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Psychology and Human Development; Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Psycho-Oncology, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Judy Garber, Ph.D.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Psychology & Human Development; Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Developmental Psychopathology Research Training Program

Katherine Gotham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Stephan Heckers, M.D.
William P. and Henry B. Test Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Chair of the Department

Steven Hollon, Ph.D.
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology; Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Christine Konradi, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Elaine Sanders-Bush, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Psychiatry, Emerita

Andrew J. Tomarken, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department, College of Arts and Science; Associate Professor of Biostatistics

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