Depression

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our physicians stay updated on the latest depression-related research and treatments.
  • Ongoing clinical trials offer patients a chance to receive the newest forms of care before they are available publicly.
  • We provide a supportive environment for patients dealing with depression and related disorders.

Depression can be a debilitating mood disorder that results in lost productivity and quality of life. It is a constellation of mood and behavioral changes, including feelings of hopelessness and apathy, as well as changes in eating and sleeping patterns. Large numbers of both men and women experience these sorts of changes at difficult points in their lives. Symptoms of depression affect a person’s ability to function both at work and in general. 

“The majority of patients with depression experience significant benefits from treatment,” says Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, director of the Yale Depression Research Program, and co-director of the Interventional Psychiatry Services at Yale New Haven Hospital. “And for those who don’t respond to common treatments, Yale offers hope with other treatments, such as novel medications and methods of brain stimulation.”

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.