Depression is one of the most common mental health challenges in the United States. According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 8 percent of young adults between the ages of 18-22 reported feelings of depression in the past year. Depression is characterized by prolonged feelings of sadness or emptiness, often lasting for more than two weeks. Other symptoms of depression include:
Causes and Risk Factors
There is no single cause for depression. Brain chemistry, genetics and personal risk factors may all play a role. Additional risk factors for depression include:
If you feel that you may depressed, help and treatment are available. Call the Mental Health Call Center to help get connected with a mental health professional in Santa Clara County: 1-800-704-0900.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health, www.nimh.nih.gov