Depression is a serious illness with varying degrees. When it’s mild, it makes some areas of a person’s life challenging, according to Deborah Serani, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating mood disorders.
Mild depression typically doesn’t require professional help. It usually abates with holistic methods, such as exercise, meditation and light therapy, she said.
When it’s moderate, it significantly hampers daily life. When it’s severe, it becomes life threatening and requires immediate intervention, she said.