Depression is severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy. True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and feeling worthless can last for many days or weeks and keep you from functioning normally. This can include loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed; friendships, social occasions, work, outdoor activities, hobbies and many more. Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad. It is a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health. Depression is a life-long condition in which periods of wellness alternate with reoccurrences of illness. Only about half of Americans that suffer from depression, receive treatment. All age groups, genders, ethnicities and socioeconomic groups can experience depression. NOBODY wants this illness. As devastating as this disease may be, it is treatable in most people. If you are silently battling depression or know someone who is, seek help, no one should feel alone and ashamed, it is a medical condition. De Hart Plumbing, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas and Wamego Kansas.