Depression is a serious medical illness. It's more than just a feeling of being sad or "blue" for a few days. If you are one of the more than 19 million teens and adults in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include
Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Depression can happen at any age, but it often begins in teens and young adults. It is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.
There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants, talk therapy, or both.
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
Depression is a common and serious mood disorder that affects how a person feels, thinks and handles daily normal activities. All depression can be treated and in some cases cured with other methods besides medication, such as psychotherapy (also known as counseling) and electroconvulsive therapy (also known as brain stimulation therapy). Normally depression is treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both; however not every patient responds the same way. There are other approaches that may help someone during the depression as well, these include exercise, spending time with other people, avoiding isolation, continuing education about depression, and setting realistic goals. References 1. Depression. National Institute of Mental Health. URL: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Accessed April 14, 2018.