Though stigma still unfortunately surrounds mental illness in our society, thanks to greater awareness and public education the stigma is slowly eroding.
In an effort to contribute to this awareness, CNN's American Morning with
Major depression is a serious medical illness affecting 9.9 million American adults, or approximately 5 percent of the adult population in a given year. Unlike normal emotional experiences of sadness, loss, or passing mood states, major depression is persistent and can significantly interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, activity, and physical health. Among all medical illnesses, major depression is the leading cause of disability in the
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