Some 15 million Americans a year struggle with depression. It is a common but serious mood disorder, causing severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. It interferes with concentration and motivation. It is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding and medical care.
The good news is that even in the most severe cases, depression is highly treatable. Left untreated, depression can be devastating, but with early detection, diagnosis and a treatment plan consisting of medication, psychotherapy and healthy lifestyle choices, many people do get better. The key is to get an evaluation and find a treatment plan that is right for you.