What is Depression?

Depression is very common, but it is serious. It can interfere with everyday life and it is very painful, for you and everyone around you. Depression is curable. It can get better with effective treatment.

Symptoms and Signs of Depression

  • Constantly feeling sad, anxious, fatigue, hopeless, helpless or "empty"
  • Thoughts or Attempts of Suicide
  • Loss of Interest in Activities or Hobbies Once Pleasurable
  • Feeling pessimistic
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Overeating of Appetite Loss

Causes of Depression

Depression hurts, but it can be helped.

Depression Statistics

  • In America, 14.8 million adults (6.7% of the U.S. Population age 18 years and older) are affected by major depressive disorder.
  • Depression is more common in women than men.
  • One in eight teenagers experience depression.
  • One who has experienced depression is 4 times as likely to have a heart attack.

Getting Help for Depression

Treatment can include medication, psychotherapy, and attending support groups. As many as 80% of those treated for depression are better within four to six weeks of beginning treatment.