More than mood swings, clinical depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain.
It creates changes in mood, cognition, physical well-being and behavior.
Depression can be triggered by experiences or events, often tied to significant loss—financial, personal or job-related. It can also be brought on by physical health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer or chronic pain.
Depression can be chronic and reoccurring in nature, and in that respect it must be managed, sometimes over the course of years.
Some of America’s best and brightest have had depression, including Fortune 500 CEO Philip J. Burguieres, NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.