"Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home."
ADAA stats the Symptoms of depression as:
Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling "slowed down"
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed.
According to the American foundation for suicide prevention the following factors play a role in depression:
Harvard Medical School released an article stating,
"Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair."
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 1 out every 5 Americans experience some form of mental illness each year, but only 41% receive mental health care or services.
Leading causes of death for Americans 15-24
Deaths by suicide per 100,000
Below is an amazing hotline that you can call for emotional support.
Open 24/7. Confidential. Free.
treatments for depression:
Please note that depression is a complex issue where every individual is different
Support Groups - National Alliance on Mental Illness
Therapist - Find a therapist near you through
Online counseling - Better Help