Depression and Sadness

Based on information from the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 19 million Americans suffer from symptoms of depression. Everyone occasionally feels sad, lonely, or "blue." Depression occurs when the feelings of sadness or despair reach a level that impacts your ability to function in daily life. You may lose interest in activities that you once loved or feel like sleeping more than usual. Individuals who suffer from symptoms of depression often feel helpless and blame themselves for their feelings. Some may even have thoughts of ending their lives.