Clinical depression is a medical condition that goes beyond everyday sadness. Depression may cause serious, long-lasting symptoms and often disrupts a person's ability to perform routine tasks. The disorder is the most common psychiatric disorder worldwide. In the United States, about one in six people experiences a bout of clinical depression in their lifetime.
The treatment of depression is important because people with untreated depression have a lower quality of life, a higher risk of suicide, and worse physical outcomes if they have any medical conditions besides depression.
However, family relationships can also be sources of pain and stress. In part because they mean so much to us, relationships with family members can be among the most difficult to navigate.