According to American Addiction Centers, approximately 15 million Americans experience an episode of major depression in any given year.
Dr. Piyush Johary, a consulting psychiatrist at Holyoke Medical Center told 22News men and women experience depression pretty much the same way.
But he said men tend to wait to seek help while women seek help much more quickly.
Among methods of treatment: talk therapy, and a special Neurostar TMS chair that uses magnets to stimulate different parts of the brain to help regulate mood.
Dr. Johary told 22News he’s pleased celebrities like The Rock and comedian Trevor Noah are speaking up about their depression.
“I think it’s wonderful I think we need more of that,” Dr. Johary said. “Despite awareness being there, there is so much work that needs to be done. You feel you’re very alone but you’re not alone there is help available.”
Dr. Johary recommends anyone feeling any signs of depression should get help as soon as possible.
He hopes that celebrities speaking out will make others feel more comfortable to share their stories.