October is National Depression Awareness Month, which aims to highlight one of the top public health problems, affecting 300 million people nationwide.
According to Capt. Louis Pagano, 21st Medical Squadron mental health element chief, major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder are the most common forms of depression.
According to a 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Psychiatry, nearly one in four active duty members show signs of a mental health condition.
People with depression report feelings of sadness and hopelessness, they often have little to no energy or motivation to do things they used to find enjoyable.