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What is Depression?

Major depression is a serious medical illness affecting 15 million American adults, or approximately 5-8 percent of the adult population in a given year. Unlike normal emotional experiences of sadness, loss or passing mood states, major depression is persistent and can significantly interfere with an individualís thoughts, behavior, mood, activity and physical health. continue


True Life Story


by Clarence Jordan

As a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, I know how combat situations, as well as other more basic aspects of military life, put unique stressors on those of us who serve as well as our families.

I can say now that I struggled for many years with mental illness ... (more)


Women & Depression

Women experience twice the rate of depression as men, regardless of race or ethnic background. Researchers suspect that many factors unique to womenís lives play a role.

For more, visit Women and Depression, NAMI's collection of resources just for women.

Living with Depression

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