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Faces of depression

It may be easy to fall into thinking that depression is somehow your fault or a personal weakness. But the simple fact is, it’s not. Depression is a serious medical condition that affects almost 14 million people in this country every year.

According to historians, former United States President Abraham Lincoln was thought to show symptoms of what we now call depression or major depressive disorder (MDD). Many other famous authors and artists were presumed to have dealt with symptoms of this debilitating illness, too.

And what about today? In the pages of today’s popular magazines, you can find articles about political figures, Hollywood actors, athletes, and heads of business struggling with depression. With growing awareness of the condition, more and more people are coming out and talking about their personal experiences with depression.

How depression can impact you

Depression can affect you in many ways. Not only can it affect your mood, but also your level of interest in your favorite activities. Emotionally, it can bring on feelings of constant sadness or worrying, irritability, and hopelessness. Physically, it can trigger aches and pains, low energy and fatigue, and cause trouble sleeping.

Depression can even have an impact on your job, your relationships, and your social life. Is it any wonder research shows that depression is one of the world’s most debilitating conditions?

"I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would be not one cheerful face on earth." —Abraham Lincoln

Depression is not a one-size-fits-all illness. From everyday people to royalty, depression can affect anyone—even those who appear to live in relatively ideal circumstances. So if you’re struggling with depression, know that you are not alone. According to a 2005 publication by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), depression affects nearly 1 in 10 adults every year.

Depression is not a character flaw. Nor can it be overcome by willpower. If depression is holding you back from the things you enjoy, treating it may help. With the right diagnosis and treatment, the majority of people with depression experience improvement of their symptoms.

If depression is affecting you, treating it may help.
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