It's been one hell of a year. With an unpredictable global pandemic that has taken more than 500,000 lives—not to mention all of the concurrent economic and emotional disruptions—it's no wonder more than 4 in 10 adults report they've experienced symptoms of depression or anxiety in the past year. That's up from 1 in 10 just a couple of years prior, according to February 2021 data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
But when we refer to "depression," we're not talking about a tearful, "This Is Us"–episode type of sadness. Clinical depression, which the American Psychiatric Association defines as a serious medical illness that impacts your feelings, thoughts and actions, is a whole other level—and something many Americans are struggling with