Depression is a common problem, one which is under diagnosed and under treated, despite the fact that there are very effective treatments including lifestyle changes, psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. About 15 million adults suffer from major depressive disorder every year, according to a large study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2005. Everyone has low moods, bad days, and periods of grief following losses. If you are unsure whether your low moods cross the line into clinical depression, take my quiz: “Are You Depressed?” Whether you are clinically depressed or struggling with a low mood, you may benefit from “7 Ways to Beat the Blues” and “Lifestyle Changes to Dramatically Improve Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic Pain” sections which follow.
Are You Depressed?