The COVID-19 pandemic has largely defined 2020 in a way that no one could have anticipated just one short year ago. For many people, especially those that are younger, the pandemic marks the first global health crisis that they have experienced during their lifetime.
Major depression, also referred to as major depressive disorder, is one of the most common mental health conditions impacting the United States. An estimated 17.3 million adults aged 18 and older, which equals 7.1 % of all adults in the United States, experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017 alone.
Depression might be the most common mental health problems in the world, but it can still be confusing to try and figure out on your own if you are actually suffering from depression or if you’re just experiencing normal sadness or grief. Depression can have similar symptoms to other conditions, including mental health conditions and physical conditions, so it’s important to make sure you receive a proper diagnosis before getting treatment.