Depression is one of life’s many misunderstood challenges. More than just a period of feeling sad or down, it is a painful experience of disconnection that affects millions, each of us differently. Depression brings with it feelings of hopelessness, unworthiness, and dissatisfaction. It can arise from situational and biological factors and last for short or long periods. The good news is that whatever the cause, there are many small (and large!) ways we can help our brains and minds reconnect to our vibrant lives.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

Parting the Clouds

Raison believes depression isn’t a single thing but a cloud of related mental and physical states unique to each person; there is no one symptom that every depressed person experiences.

How to Tell If It’s More Than Just a Bad Mood

It is understandable if the coronavirus pandemic has put you in a funk, but depression should be evaluated and treated.

How People with Depression Interact with the World Differently

Nothing about depression is easy. But the way it affects a person’s daily life is arguably the most difficult part of the disorder.

Situational Symptoms or Serious Depression: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between symptoms that may arise in response to situational stress compared to signs of serious depression? How do you know if what you feel is normal and will pass, or needs further attention?

8 Tips for Living with Depression

There are some things you can do to cope with your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here are eight tips for living with depression.

Male Depression and Anxiety in Athletes

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history with 28 medals, has acknowledged that after the 2012 games, his longtime depression was so overwhelming he thought about killing himself.

Drugs Alone Won’t Fix Our Epidemic of Depression

To fight a rising tide of depression and suicide, psychiatrists need to do more than just fill patients up with pills.

6 Ways to Start Your Day When You’re Living with Depression

Most of us will resist getting out of bed, even if it’s just a second of internal grumbling. But if you experience depression, getting your day started may not be so much of an annoyance as it is a seemingly impossible feat.

Ketamine Is Revealing a New Understanding of Depression and the Brain

Some experts view ketamine as a tool to unravel the biological causes of depression and, perhaps someday, cure it.

Can Ketamine Treat Depression? the Answer May Lie in a Mysterious Brain Cell

To treat depression, the neurons which control the hormones serotonin and dopamine in our brains seem to get all the attention.