Thank you for visiting this website. My name is Judy Rushfeldt, and I'm the publisher of DepressionFree.com. The mission of this website is to provide information and resources that will help individuals and families affected by depression.
On this site, you will find information about several types of clinical and non-clinical depression, including symptoms, causes and strategies for treatment. The resource section provides a list of mental health organizations that can direct you to resources in your local community.
For many people suffering from depression, taking the first step can be the hardest. You may feel crushing emotional pain, mental confusion and bone-wearying exhaustion. Just getting through each day may seem like a monumental effort.
I understand this, because I've been there. I suffered from severe clinical depression for many years before getting medical help. Why did I wait so long? Looking back, I would point to a number of factors. First, I didn't understand that depression could be a brain disorder. I didn't realize that the progressively worsening physical, emotional and mental symptoms were all part of the same illness. Nor did my family doctor (an excellent and caring doctor) make the connection. The stigma about depression was also a factor. I felt shame about my depression and hid it from others, including those closest to me.
My passion is to help others suffering from depression become whole, to be set free from the horrible prison of depressive illness.
If you are suffering from depression, I hope the information and resources on this site will give you the tools you need to reach out for help.
Keep in mind, every person is unique; every depressive illness is different. This site should NEVER replace the advice of your medical doctor. While I conducted extensive research in developing this site, I am NOT a medical professional. Read disclaimer
If you are experiencing the symptoms of depression, I urge you to make an appointment with your family doctor for a complete medical exam. Many illnesses can cause depressed moods, including clinical depression, thyroid disease, infections, pernicious anemia, liver or kidney disease, nutritional deficiency, Parkinson's disease, and many other conditions.
Also keep in mind that depressed moods can be related to non-medical factors, such as chronic stress, trauma, psychological issues, and hormone fluctuations. On this site you will find information about several different types of non-clinical depression; their causes, and strategies for recovery.
If you are suffering from depression, please don't one moment longer to get help. You're worth it!
Coming soon: Webinars on many different aspects of depression, which you can watch on your desktop computer, laptop, IPAD or smartphone. The first webinar will provide an overview of depression; subsequent webinars will address many specific topics about depression.
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About Judy Rushfeldt
Judy Rushfeldt is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and online magazine publisher. She has been writing professionally for 30 years as a magazine journalist, corporate communications consultant, book author, and online magazine publisher. Her book, Making Your Dreams Your Destiny, won two national awards.
Warning: If you are experiencing the symptoms of depressive illness, see your medical doctor for a complete examination. If you are having suicidal thoughts, call an ambulance or go to the nearest emergency ward. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of a medical doctor or mental health professional.