Everyone feels down every now and then, but the symptoms experienced by people who are suffering from depression are much more severe than ocasional sadness. Depression can have serious effects on your quality of life, and your capacity to work and function in your day to day.
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.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, an estimated 40 million adults in the United States, or about 18 percent of the population, is affected by an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, and although they are highly treatable, only about 37 percent of people suffering receive treatment.
While much of the conversation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has centered around how to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from contracting the disease, negative impacts to mental health as a result of the disease are also becoming an important topic of conversation.