It is estimated that over 19 million adults in the US are currently living with depression. Depression is a mood disorder,  also known as major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression, that causes a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities that an individual has once enjoyed. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may even have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, such as simply getting out of bed to go to work or school. Depression may also make someone feel as if life isn’t worth living and might have them contemplating suicide due to these strong feelings of hopelessness. More severe than just being in a bad mood, depression isn’t a weakness, nor is it something that one can just snap out. Depression is a long-term illness for the most part which will most likely require long-term treatment. Treatments for depression include medication, therapy, or both. It is found most affective to pair medication with therapy rather than just doing one or the other to treat depression.


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