Depression is one of the most common medical conditions in this country, affecting an estimated 17 million Americans every year. Depression is a whole-body illness, one that involves the body, nervous system, moods, thoughts, and behavior. It affects the way you eat, lose/gain weight, sleep, feel about yourself, and react to people and events around you.
People with depression often experience the desire or need to withdraw from their friends, family, and overall environment. They can lose interest in things around them and become incapable of experiencing pleasure.