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Depression affects over

20 million people in the U.S.

each year,

regardless of age,

gender,

race,

religion,

or socio-economic level.

The Staggering Statistics about Depression

Did you know that it...

  • Is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44?
  • Is the primary reason why a person dies of suicide every 15 minutes?
  • Will be the leading global health burden by the next decade?
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The Crisis in Depression Treatment and Research

Since the advent of the latest group of
anti-depressants (SSRIs and SNRIs) almost thirty
years ago, there has been virtually no change
in the treatment of depression or new category
of medication.

Yet over 50% of patients with major depression
do not respond to existing treatments.

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HDRF's Mission

Our goal is to fund the most advanced neuroscience research to:

  • find the root causes
  • develop a medical diagnosis
  • discover new treatments
  • and find methods to prevent depression.

Depressive Disorders

HDRF's work encompasses depression and its related mood disorders:

  • bipolar disorder
  • postpartum depression
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • anxiety disorder
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DEPRESSION TASK FORCE

Our Unique, Collaborative Research Strategy
HDRF is the leading non-profit focused solely on depression research,
with an unprecedented Depression Research Road Map created and
executed by our team of world renowned neuroscientists.

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Young Neurons in the Hippocampus

Latest Research

Depression Task Force Member Dr. Rene Hen makes a breakthrough discovery regarding causes and potential new treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Special Events

An important focus of HDRF's mission is to educate the public, correct misinformation, and reduce the stigma that still surrounds illnesses of the mind/brain.

"Messengers of Hope"

Outstanding celebrity speakers who have shared their own experience with depression or a related mood disorder have appeared at our Annual Seminars.

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See Pictures from

Eighth Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar
Topic: "Depression in Children
and Adolescents."
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
New York City