Depression is more common than most people think. In Westchester County alone, about 43,350 adults will be affected by depression this year.

Everyone feels sad at some point in his or her life when they experience disappointments or when things go wrong. It is also normal to feel sadness after a death, especially of a family member or a close friend.

But clinical depression is more than just feeling down. It's a serious illness that can leave an individual feeling intense sadness and hopelessness, and interfere with every aspect of life.

If you are depressed, we'd like to help. For free information or referrals for treatment, call the Depression Support Network at (914) 995-5236.