Everyone feels sad or down sometimes; these feelings are normal. Feelings of sadness fade with time, but depression can cause the same feelings for months or even years.
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people aged 15 to 44 and affects nearly 15 million Americans*. It is a serious medical illness that can happen to anyone – men, women, teens, older adults – but it affects twice as many women as men.
This illness has many signs, but most people feel sadness and no longer care about the hobbies and things they used to enjoy.
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*Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Causes and Treatments
What causes depression and what treatments are available? Learn more.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that happens during the winter months, when there is less sunlight. Learn more.
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