Depression

Did You Know?

  • Some form of depression affects 20-25% of Americans 18 years and older each year
  • About 15% experience major depression at some point in their lives (up to 25% of women)
  • About 5% have chronic depression
  • About 1% have bipolar disorder
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in U.S.

Although depression may occur only one time during your life, usually people have multiple episodes of depression. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day, and may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities
  • Sleep disturbances, including sleeping too little  or sleeping too much
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming oneself for things that aren't one’s responsibility
  • Poor energy
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Changes in appetite—often reduced appetite and weight loss, but can sometimes include increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

For many people with depression, symptoms usually are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in their day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others. Other people may feel depressed without knowing why.

Looking for more information? Click here for information about common symptons of depression.