Depression is a treatable medical condition.
It is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. Anyone can become depressed-- regardless of race, gender, or life circumstances.
Depression is a major public health problem that affects 16 million Americans each year. Without effective treatment, the physical and emotional pain that people with depression struggle with often impacts every aspect of life, including relationships, careers, and interests.
Major Depression Disorder (MDD) is a common and serious mood disorder, marked by one or more episodes of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms (emotional or physical) that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities. The symptoms of depression can include:
- Fatigue or decreased energy
- Excessive sleep or difficulty with early-morning waking
- Changes in weight from decreased or increased appetite
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
- Depressed mood
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
- Loss of interest in activities
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide