Depression is a treatable disease
We all feel sad when we lose a loved one or suffer a setback. Sadness and grief are normal and temporary reactions to life’s stresses. But depressive illness is different. Sufferers don’t feel better for weeks, months or years. Depression is a mood disorder that affects their feelings, thoughts, behavior and physical wellbeing, and prevents them from functioning normally.
Each year, between 17 to 20 million Americans suffer a depressive illness. Because they don’t know it’s a treatable disease, most won’t seek treatment. However, about 80% of even serious depression can be cured with modern treatment methods.