Depression Basics

Mental illnesses are more common than you may thing. According to the National Institutes of Health, about one in four American adults suffers from some type of mental disorder. In fact, these mental health problems are the country's leading cause of disability.

Depression is not the most common mental disorder—that would be anxiety—but it is the leading cause of disability. It is a mood disorder that can cause extreme and persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Depression can affect someone so severely that their relationships, career, and personal life may deteriorate. Luckily, it is also a treatable medical condition, and many with depression can live very normal and even happy lives.

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Types of Depression

Depression affects everyone differently. Learn the different types of depression and how the different symptoms manifest themselves.

Risk Factors for Depression

Some people are more likely to suffer from depression, but there are some risk factors that are within a person's control.

Depression Symptoms

Depression rears its head in many ways. If you're wondering if you or someone you love is depressed, you'll want to read this article.

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Depression Statistics

Looking for depression statistics? Look no further because we've compiled the most important statistics from leading agencies.

Is Depression Genetic?

Does someone in your family suffer from depression? Learn about how genetics affects depression and what it means for you and your family.

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