Occasionally feeling unhappy or sad is a normal part of the universal human experience. Depression, however, is a mental health condition marked by prolonged episodes of sadness and hopelessness. Major depressive disorder (MDD), also referred to as clinical depression, is a mild to severe mood disorder attributed to an individual's biochemistry, genetics, and personality as well as environmental factors.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 7.2 percent of US adults age eighteen and older experienced a major depressive episode in 2018. Among adolescents, the incidence rate is higher, with 14.4 percent of Americans ages twelve to seventeen experiencing a major depressive episode that year. Many...Read more