Depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide,
yet fewer than half of those affected receive treatment, according to the World
Health Organization. Many of those people may not recognize they suffer from
depression or deny they experience the condition. In fact, they may not even
understand the symptoms or think it’s normal to feel down for an extended
period of time. But experienced psychologists and licensed counselors say
depression is a treatable medical condition, provided people know the symptoms.
Here’s what mental health professionals want you to know about the symptoms of
depression, available treatments, and how people can manage or even alleviate
their depression altogether.