Major Depression

Major depression is a very real illness.  In fact, it is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States.  For may who struggle with depression it can lead to significant struggles that interfere with daily activities.  While depression can impact people in a variety of ways, it is often characterized by a persistent sad mood, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and the inability to feel positive emotions.   

Many factors impact depression including genetics, brain biology and chemistry, and negative life events or trauma.  Examples may include loss of a loved one, difficult relationships, adverse childhood experiences, or any stressful situation.  


Facts About Depression

If you struggle with depression, you are not alone.  

  • In 2017, an estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode.  Approximately 35% of those adults did not receive treatment. *
  • In 2017,  An estimated 3.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode.  Approximately 60.1% of those adolescents did not receive treatment.*


At points, living with depression can feel overwhelming, isolating, and difficult.  Building a support network that can support you through these difficulties can be helpful.  Letting family and friend know what you are going through can be a great place to start.  Speaking with individuals you trust can help them understand and validate your feelings. 

* National Institute of Mental Health 



Depression, even in the most severe cases, is treatable.  Speaking with a doctor and/or a mental health professional is a great place to start to see what treatment options are a good fit for you.  At Sensible Choices Counseling, treatment for depression is available.  A treatment plan can be curtailed to meet your needs and may include talk therapy, a variety of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, family therapy, and/or collaboration with other providers.  


There can be a strong connection with depression and suicide/self-harm.  The following resources are available in Colorado:

  • Colorado Crisis Services: Phone: 1 - (844) 493-8255 / Text: TALK to 38255 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Phone 1 – (800) 273-8255



Depression-what-you-need-to-know (pdf)


Effects of exercise on depression (pdf)