During any one year period, 17.6 million Americans or 10% of the population suffer from a depressive illness.

It's encouraging to know, however, that depression, just like diabetes and high blood pressure, is a medical condition which can be treated successfully with medical help.

Depression is believed to be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

The chemical imbalance affects your body, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

Depression ranges from mild to moderate to severe. Your particular symptoms may be mild and you may notice that it takes extra effort to keep up with the demands of daily life. Your symptoms may be severe if you cannot meet the demands of daily life.

The most common symptoms of depression are:

Depression is a treatable medical condition. It is not a sign of personal weakness. It is important to reach out for help, as it is the first step to help restore a sense of well-being in your life.