Depression is more than a day of feeling low. It is a long-lasting, often recurring illness that’s as real and disabling as heart disease or arthritis. People with depression feel increasingly isolated from family and friends. One of the frustrating parts of dealing with depression is, there are not outward signs or conclusive testing of the illness. There is no rash or fever. There isn’t a blood test to diagnose. So people with depression are often treated as if they are making it up or should just be able to snap out of it. Yet depression is very common, affecting about 10 percent of the U.S. population (almost 20 million people) every year. One in four women and one in ten men will experience a depressive episode in their lifetime. If you suspect that you are suffering from depression it’s important that you talk to someone about how you are feeling. There is hope and help for depression. Take the next step.
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