Depression can be a debilitating experience.
While we all feel blue from time to time, depression is more than sadness. It’s like a thick fog that disrupts your thinking, feeling and behavior, and warps your perception of yourself and the world around you.
Statistically-speaking, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 16 million American adults every year are affected by some form of depression.
Caused by a variety of factors, depression can sometimes emerge from a mix of issues or experiences, but sometimes there’s no obvious catalyst. If left untreated, severe depression can lead to suicide.
Below we’ve gone into some of the most common types and what to look out for.
We’ve also explained what you can do if you’re feeling depressed, where to find help and how to get mental health treatment.