What is Depression?
People casually use the phrase, “I’m so depressed!” to say they are feeling down. But a temporary case of the blues - something we all experience - has nothing to do with real depression. True depression is not the blues, sadness or even grief. It is an overwhelming despair so bleak that people who have experienced it say that it is the worst pain they have ever endured. Depression is a treatable mental illness. While there have been changes in people’s attitudes, the stigma associated with mental illnesses has meant that many people with depression never seek treatment. Yet, those who do have an excellent chance of recovery. Researchers estimate that people who receive treatment for depression respond well.
For more information please read our booklet (pdf), What_is_Depression?