As of 2017, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reported that 264 million people worldwide lived with depression, making it one of the most prevalent mood disorders globally. In the U.S. alone, at least 17 million adults suffer from one major depressive episode per year.
Since August of last year, adults experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety spiked from 36.4 percent to 41.5 percent. Unmet mental needs that escalate depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation have increased at alarming rates since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.
Major depressive episodes caused by stress, trauma and/or illness can be debilitating mentally, emotionally and physically. For most people living with depression, a treatment plan consisting of psychotherapy and/or