When we feel a little down, we might say we are depressed, which is a temporary state of sadness or a case of the blues that may last only a day or two. Typically, we are not referring to the clinical definition of depression, which goes beyond simple melancholy; its grip is so pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s daily functioning. This type of depression is a depressive disorder which is treatable, but unfortunately, most people will never seek treatment because they wrongly believe it is a sign of weakness. The symptoms of depressive disorder are serious, long-lasting, and recurrent, making it important to seek treatment. While the causes and symptoms may differ depending on the circumstance, untreated depression can lead to long-term physical, emotional, and interpersonal problems.