Depression affects more people than any other mental health condition–more than 19 million Americans each year.
Everyone gets down from time to time, but sometimes it's more than “the blues.” Clinical depression is a real illness that can be treated effectively. Unfortunately, fewer than half of the people who have depression seek treatment.
Too many people believe that depression is a normal part of life's ups and downs, rather than a real health problem. As a result, they may delay seeking help or not seek help at all. It's important to know that depression is real, and it can be effectively treated.
If you experience five or more of these symptoms for two weeks or longer, you may have depression. See a doctor or mental health professional for help right away. It's also important to connect to the people in your life who care about you and can give you support. Getting enough rest and engaging in physical activity can help too.