We all occasionally feel blue or sad, but these feelings usually pass within a couple of days. When a person has depression, it interferes with his or her day daily life and routine, such as going to work or school, taking care of children, and relationships with family and friends. Depression causes pain for the person who has it and for those who care about him or her.
Depression affects both men and women, but more women than men are likely to be diagnosed with depression in any given year. You may feel exhausted, helpless, and hopeless. It may be extremely difficult to take any action to help yourself. But it is important to realize that these feelings are part of the depression and do not reflect the actualize circumstances. As you recognize your depression and begin treatment, negative thinking will fade.
If you experience any of the following symptoms on an ongoing basis, you may benefit from working with a mental health counselor: