Disclaimer: This informational guide discusses topics such as depression and suicide: please exercise caution.
Each resource gives insight into the everyday lives of those suffering with depression, tips and tricks for how to minimize it's impact on your day, and inspiring stories from those who struggle with the condition. Keep in mind that all experiences are unique, and the information included does not reflect everyone's lived reality.
The word “depression” is often used to describe many different things. It can define a fleeting mood, or perhaps an outward physical appearance of sadness, or for others, a diagnosable clinical disorder. In any year, millions of adults suffer from clinically diagnosed depression, a mood disorder that often affects personal, vocational, social, and health functioning.
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, 2013) of the American Psychiatric Association delineates several mood disorders that include clinical depression, known as major depressive disorder.
Statistics from the World Health Organization on Depressive Disorders
An estimated 3.8% of the population experience depression, including:
Approximately 280 million people in the world have depression.