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Mistaken Belief #2: Nobody you know has depression

The Truth—The average age of onset for major depressive disorder is 32 years old, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health, and in any given year, 6.7 percent of Americans 18 and older suffer from it. Women are particularly vulnerable—1 in 5 will develop depression at some point in their life, and they're 70 percent more likely to experience it than men. And because of the stigma that's still attached to depression, people often hide their symptoms. Meaning "You may know someone with it and have no idea," says Sarah Lisanby, MD, director of the division of translational research at the National Institutes of Mental Health.