Too often, people who are experiencing atypical depression begin to think that it is just a part of their lives that they will need to learn to deal with. They may even internalize features of the disorder such as fear of rejection as personality traits rather than characteristics of a mental health condition.
More people suffer from depression than from any other mental health condition worldwide, and the United States is no different. Among people over the age of 18, about 16.1 million American adults, or roughly 7%, are affected by depression in a given year. With numbers like that, there’s a good chance that you or a loved one has experienced depression at some point.