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Depression Can Occur at Any Time to Anyone

Depression is a real illness.

It is not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw. You can’t “snap out of” clinical depression. Most people who experience depression need treatment to get better.

According to the American Psychiatric Association:

  • One out of six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time during their life.
  • Women are more likely to experience a major depressive episode than men.
  • Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.
  • Depression has a high degree of heritability -- 40% of first-degree relatives (parents/children/siblings) have diagnosed depression
Older adult male with his head in his hands.