Thousands of people worldwide suffer from this common mental ailment at least once in their life time.
Depression was first described in 460 BC by Hippocrates. In those ancient times the ailment was associated with sadness and dejection. It was seen as personality trait. During the 18th century, the condition was considered more serious and studied by many physicians. It was not until 1950s that the first anti-depressants were manufactured and administered.
SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitor) were developed that helped depression. Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro are the SSRIs used in the treatment of this condition today.
11% of the adult population are using anti-depressants today. Future research aims at exploring vitamins as drugs, studying more about brain and itd functions and genetics to treat depression more effectively.