Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year.
You don’t have to live with depression or try to treat it on your own. Learn more about the symptoms of depression and treatment options in our library of mental health resources.
Depression is often confused with sadness, but it’s important to know the differences between the two mental states. When depression is left untreated, it can increase your risk for a number of health conditions like coronary artery disease, stroke and hypertension. In severe cases, depression can lead to suicide.
Unlike sadness, depression can occur without the presence of a specific trigger. It is chronic and affects multiple aspects of your life. Depression can feel different for everyone. There is no single cause for depression, but there are effective treatment options for those that are experiencing depression symptoms.
With our free childhood depression eBook, you will gain valuable information about childhood depression that you might not have been aware of. Inside you’ll find topics like:
A combination of therapy, medication and lifestyle changes can help you overcome depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one type of psychotherapy that can effectively treat depression. We're here to help you understand your options and to support you, wherever you are in your journey.
If you have a loved one who is struggling with depression, your understanding can offer them the support they need to take the next step in their journey. It is important to care for them and learn strategies to assist in the process. Support comes in many shapes and forms, including listening.