The Basics: Overview
If you think you might be depressed, talk with a doctor about how you are feeling.
What is depression?
Depression is an illness that involves the brain. It can affect your thoughts, mood, and daily activities. Depression is more than feeling sad for a few days.
Depression can be mild or severe. Mild depression can become more serious if it’s not treated.
If you are diagnosed with depression, you aren’t alone. Depression is a common illness that affects millions of adults in the United States every year.
The good news is that depression can be treated. Getting help is the best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones. You can feel better.
The Basics: Signs of Depression
What are the signs of depression?
It’s normal to feel sad sometimes, but if you feel sad or “down” on most days for more than 2 weeks at a time, you may be depressed.
Depression affects people differently. Some signs of depression are:
- Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Feeling hopeless or empty
- Forgetting things or having trouble making decisions
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Gaining or losing weight without meaning to
- Thinking about suicide or death
To learn more, take this quiz to see if you might be depressed.
The Basics: Treatment
How is depression treated?
Depression can be treated with talk therapy, medicines (called antidepressants), or both. Your doctor may refer you to a mental health professional for talk therapy or medicine.
Check out these websites to learn more about depression: