Feeling sad or down at times is a natural human experience. However, if negative feelings persist for weeks or months and are accompanied by a sense of hopelessness or despair, it is likely a sign of clinical depression or a mood disorder. Depression often develops gradually, subtly impacting how you feel, think, and behave until its effects become impossible to ignore.

Common symptoms may include:

  • Prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Persistent negative or pessimistic thoughts
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Challenges with daily tasks
  • Lack of motivation or energy
  • Frequent crying or tearfulness
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, or activities
  • Impaired concentration, focus, or decision making
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Thoughts of death, suicide, or self-harm
Asian young woman sitting on sofa with face resting on her hand illustrating that therapy can help manage symptoms of depression.

Depression can significantly disrupt life, affecting everything from work or studies to relationships. According to the World Health Organization, depression impacts over 300 million people worldwide. However, the good news is that depression is treatable. Working with a therapist can help you to co-create a personalized plan to manage symptoms and regain control over your life.

** Over 50% of people with depression also experience symptoms of anxiety.