Everyone experiences moments of anxiety, especially with the stress of COVID-19, but for most people, these moments are fleeting. You might feel anxious before a big test, when facing a difficult problem at work, or when trying to make a big decision, but this is normal.
Although sadness is a normal part of life, most people find that their sadness comes and goes quickly, and is usually tied to a challenging life experience, such as losing your job or going through a divorce. However, sometimes feelings of sadness become more intense and last for an extended period of time.
Depression is the most common mental health condition in the world, with 322 million individuals worldwide dealing with depression, and 15.7 million of those individuals being in the United States, making up for almost 7% of the U.S.’s adult population. With numbers this high, it’s likely that you or someone you know has suffered from depression.