Anyone who has struggled with anxiety or depression knows that mental health issues can affect every part of life, making even seemingly mundane tasks like getting out of bed in the morning or responding to emails feel insurmountable. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly 40 million people in the U.S.—or about 18 percent of the nation's population—are affected by anxiety disorders. Medical experts have found that individuals who struggle with anxiety disorders often deal with depression as well. In fact, the association reported that nearly half of people diagnosed with depression also end up being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. 

Since anxiety and depression are so widespread, the chances are that if you have not dealt with them yourself, you likely know someone who has. In this article, we'll talk more about what exactly anxiety and depression are, risk factors for the disorders, as well as treatment options. 

Understanding depression

One of the most popular mental health misconceptions is that depression is merely a fancy term for feeling down in the