“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Even in the best circumstances, our 20s and 30s can be a tumultuous period. It can be rich with new adventures and lasting relationships, but it's also a time of transition and intense learning about the world around us and ourselves.
While building a career and navigating our adult life has its challenges, for those with depression, every day can feel like a never-ending slog through quicksand. Depression is an insidious beast that robs you of your energy and spirit.
The World Health Organization estimates approximately 350 million people worldwide are afflicted with depression. Despite this staggering number, this disease almost always makes you feel like you must suffer in silence.
But, you’re not alone.
This site was launched to specifically address the challenges we face in our young adult lives while coping with depression and anxiety.
Combining first-person essays and fact-based news stories, Depression Defined is intended to educate and provide solace when you feel like giving up.
If you've landed here, we hope it'll help you get one step closer to happy.
*Special thanks to Allison T. for the site name*
If you’re feeling suicidal, you can talk to someone immediately by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.