Depression defined:

The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) defines depression as a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. Depression can change or distort the way you see yourself, your life, and those around you. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), depression affects 5-8% of adults in the United States in any given year. This means that about 25 million Americans could have an episode of major depression this year alone.

Learn more information about depression from these leading organizations:

National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institutes of Mental Health
American Psychological Association (APA)

What can you do if you or someone you know is experiencing depression?

Seeking help if you are experiencing depression is an important step towards getting better. Read more here about what you can do if you are depressed.

Use the locators listed below to find a behavioral health professional:

American Psychological Association (APA) Locator
HelpPro Therapist Locator

Emergency situations:

If you are experiencing a crisis please call 911 or one of the numbers listed below, or go to the emergency department at the nearest hospital.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
National Hopeline Network 800-784-2433

The above information was compiled for Box of Stars by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation (TSBHF). The resources listed are not those of TSBHF. The provided information should not replace seeking medical attention.