Don't Downplay Depression
It is normal to occasionally feel sad or unhappy with a situation. Life can be stressful and overwhelming at times and can lead people to feel sad. Things like breakups, losing a job, getting a pay cut, having an argument with a friend or spouse are all examples of things that can bring on sadness, pain or grief. However, these negative emotions usually fade with time. But with depression, those feelings can linger for weeks, months or even years and are more intense than just the normal blues.
Depression is not uncommon though. It is estimated that about 12 million adults suffer from depression in the United States alone. That is quite a few people affected. So, today I will go over how depression is different from normal sadness, what symptoms to watch for, the different types of depression, who is at risk and ways to prevent and cope with depression.
Some references I used while researching this show are the Mayo Clinic, MedicineNet.com and kidshealth.org.