When a loved one dies, we lose a job, or a relationship ends, most of us experience a degree of sadness, stress, and anxiety around this change to our everyday life. However, some people experience much more severe symptoms associated with negative life events than others.
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.
Feeling sad or blue once in a while is just a part of life, but when you feel this way for more than two weeks, you might be suffering from major depressive disorder. This common mental health condition affects people of all ages, and it can be hard to overcome if you aren’t sure where to turn.
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.
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.