Depression is common with many different symptoms, including feelings of sadness or low self-worth, changes in normal eating or sleeping behavior and a lack of energy that lasts for more than two weeks. The symptoms can be so severe that a person may experience difficulty at work, school and in personal relationships.
Affecting more than 121 million people of all ages and backgrounds, research suggests that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. There are several barriers to effective treatment, including lack of available mental health resources, lack of insurance and the stigma associated with depression. However, with treatment, nearly 80 percent of those affected by depression can experience relief.
To determine your level of risk for depression, please take this self-assessment test.
Blue to You was developed through the Health Education through Extension Leadership program made possible by Senator Mitch McConnell with funds earmarked for the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Lexington, KY and budgeted through the CSREES/USDA Federal Administration.