According to the American Psychological Association, nearly one in five Americans will experience depression sometime in their lives, and more than 19 million Americans suffer from depression each year.
According to psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz, author of Anatomy of a Secret Life: Are the People in Your Life Hiding Something You Should Know, major depression and dysthymia affect twice as many women as men. If you or someone you know has two or more of the following symptoms, it's a good idea to talk with a professional. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please consult a professional as soon as possible.
Signs of Depression
Sadness or hopelessness
Loss of interest in or pleasure from most daily activities
Losing or gaining weight because of changes in appetite
Sleeping too much or not enough
Feeling restless and unable to sit still, or feeling that moving takes a great effort
Feeling tired all the time
Feeling unworthy or guilty without an obvious reason
Having problems concentrating, remembering or making decisions
Thinking often about death or suicide
Printed from Oprah.com on Tuesday, December 10, 2013