Depression, Adversity, & Stress Hormones Study

About Depression

Everyone feels down or blue from time to time.  For many people, those feelings are temporary and pass within a day or two.  For other people, those feelings are more intense and linger for weeks or even months.  People experiencing depression find that their symptoms interfere with everyday life, such as going to work or school.  They might have difficulty concentrating, lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, or find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States.  Approximately 1 in 6 adults will experience depression during their lifetime.  The toll of depression is especially high for women, who are 70% more likely than men to experience depression at some time in their life.

Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?

Depressed WomanThe symptoms of depression are not the same for everyone.  Some of the most common symptoms are:


More Information

For more information about depression, please visit the following websites:

National Institute of Mental Health

American Psychological Association


UW Department of Psychiatry

Mood & Memory Laboratory
UW Department of Psychiatry
6001 Research Park Blvd.
Madison, WI 53719
(608) 263-6114