What is depression?
Everyone feels sad or disinterested in life once in a while. However, if you feel sad or empty most of every day and this interferes with your daily functioning, you could be experiencing the symptoms of depression. Depression is a real and serious illness that may affect your mind and your body, including your appetite, your energy level, your sleep patterns, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things.
This common medical illness may occur once in your lifetime—but for many people, depression can occur multiple times in their lives. It’s estimated that depression affects more than 13 million Americans in a given year, or approximately 1 out of 6 adults over a lifetime.
Only your health care professional can determine whether you have depression, but you can use this Web site to learn more about it now.