$1,076,517 awarded to research since 1985
16 million American adults live with major depression. Once thought of as simply “feeling blue,” it is now better understood that the word “depression” describes a family of very real mood disorders. While the symptoms and contexts of these illnesses vary, they can include prolonged periods of sadness or despair, detachment, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, or thoughts of suicide. Depression is one of the Foundation’s greatest areas of investment, in hopes of finding treatments—and maybe even cures—for these difficult, often lifelong conditions.