Most people have felt sad or depressed at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss, life’s struggles, or an injured self-esteem. But when feelings of intense sadness — including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless — last for many days to weeks and keep you from functioning normally, your depression may be something more than sadness. It may very well be clinical depression — a treatable medical condition.
A medical illness suffered by over 10 million Americans, bipolar disorder—or manic depression—causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, thought, functioning and behavior. Changes may be subtle or dramatic and vary greatly over the course of a person’s life.
Rebecca’s Dream has compiled resources, tools, videos and information to help you and your family learn, understand and cope with depression and bipolar disorder. We’ve made it easy to locate and connect with this information and share it with others.