As you happily shop at the grocery store, pushing a wheeled cart from one aisle to the next, how many people are smiling (or smiling behind their face-mask)? How many wear blank stares? How many have sour facial expressions, or seem to be talking to themselves? If you answered, “a lot,” there’s a good chance some of your fellow shoppers may suffer from a mood disorder known as depression. Even in normal times, across North America, millions more are afflicted, too, beset by loneliness, irrational fears, and sense of isolation related to everyday tasks. During these difficult times, it is anticipated that depression and other mood difficulties are skyrocketing. At it best, depression restricts a person’s quality of life and ability to handle life’s major activities. At worst, depression can be devastating to individuals and families, destroying lives and relationships and at the extreme, suicide and death. Untreated depression is a serious condition. But there is hope and it can be successfully treated. Read on to learn more about depression and new, powerful treatments.