About Depression

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:

Physical symptoms:

  • Fatigue or decreased energy
  • Insomnia
  • 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

Emotional symptoms:

  • Depressed mood
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide 

 

    Get Help When Needed

    Immediate Help

    If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255)
    or Live Online Chat

    Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

    SAMHSA National Helpline – 1‑800‑662-HELP (1‑800‑662‑4357)

    A confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.