We've all had a bad day at the office and moaned, "I'm depressed." Or waited anxiously for good news about a loved one recently admitted to the hospital. But these are bumps in the road compared to the mountains of clinical depression and anxiety disorders.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates that more than 18 percent of the U.S. population over 18 years old—as many as 40 million people—suffer from anxiety disorders.
Likewise, depression—a chronic medical condition that can negatively impact every aspect of life—affects as much as 10 percent of the population. The National Institute of Mental Health indicated that around 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one major episode of depression in 2017.
Many myths and misconceptions surround depression, the most common stand-alone psychological disorder in the United States, and that can affect how they get treatment and how they’re