Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and decreased energy. To be diagnosed with major depression, you must have had symptoms consistently for a period of at least two weeks. However, depression is more than just unhappiness. It can be severe enough to interfere with work, school, and other daily activities. Doctors also refer to this condition as major depressive disorder or clinical depression.
An estimated 1 in 6 people, or nearly 17 percent of Americans, will experience depression at some point in their lifetime, according to the American Psychiatric Association. About 7 percent of Americans had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Although the symptoms can start at any age,...Read more