Depression is more than the blues. It is a pervasive condition that can affect how people feel, think and handle daily life. It can impair sleeping, eating, work habits and even the feeling of pleasure from enjoyable activities.
An estimated 16 million American adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. People of all ages and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience depression. The condition can stem from biological problems in brain chemistry or from events. Don’t ignore it or suffer needlessly. Effective treatments include psychotherapy, medications or both.