Are you depressed?
Death of a loved one, job loss, a divorce, or a separation can cause short periods of emotional upset. These feelings of grief and temporary sadness are not the same as depression.
Who experiences depression?
Depression affects children and teens as well as adults.
Women experience depression about twice as often as men. Hormonal factors such as menstrual cycle changes, miscarriage, childbirth, menopause and perimenopause, and stress can all contribute to depression.
Women with depression are much more likely to be victims of physical abuse. If someone is threatening or hurting you, tell your doctor. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (toll free) if you need immediate help.
Though it's more common in women, depression affects at least 6 million men in the U.S. Men often experience depression differently and may have different ways of coping with the symptoms. Learn about depression in men.