Actor/comedian Robin Williams once said, “I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”
Williams suffered from depression for many years before committing suicide in August 2014.
Nearly 40 million adults across the country are affected by depression, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Because of these statistics, the U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends all adults should complete a depression screening.
Salem Medical Center — in partnership with Legacy Treatment Services — offers depression screenings and other behavioral health services for adults 18 and older.
Known as an invisible disease, nearly 50,000 American adults suffering from depression committed suicide in 2019, according to the CDC.
In June 2018, both designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain committed suicide after living with depression for many years.
While depression may cause a person to feel hopeless, there is hope and many options to effectively treat the disease.