The normal ups and downs of life mean that everyone feels sad or has “the blues” from time to time. But if emptiness and despair have taken hold of your life and won’t go away, you may have depression. Depression affects more than 19 million Americans each year, and more than 350 million people of all ages globally. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. But no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better. Understanding the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment of depression is the first step to overcoming the problem. Dr. Andrew Petersen of Holtorf Medical Group talks about the differences between depression and “the blues”.