Throughout life, many people experience times of sadness and depression. Often these low points are triggered by or in response to an adverse event in an individual's life like the death of a loved one or end of a marriage. For individuals who suffer from major depressive disorder, feelings of sadness and hopelessness may not necessarily be tied to any particular event and often endure for long periods of time with little relief.
Approximately "6.7 percent of the U.S. population" is living and coping with the adverse side effects of major depression. In many cases, people who suffer from depression do so in silence afraid they will be marginalized as a result of their misunderstood and sometimes disregarded condition.