Depression is a Serious Illness

October is National Depression Awareness Month. Sixteen million people in the U.S. live with major depression. 

Depression is more than sadness. We all feel sad from time to time. It’s a normal temporary reaction to upsetting experiences in life. Depression is different. When a person has depression, it interferes with daily life—eating, sleeping, working and more. It affects not just the person with depression, but also those who care about them. Most people who experience depression need treatment to get better.

Depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. If you are suffering with depression, help is available. Call the National Alliance on Mental Illness at: 1800-950-NAMI (6264) Monday - Friday from 10 am - 6 pm. 

 

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