Depression is more than just feeling a little down, sad, or hopeless for a few days. Depression is a serious condition that warrants assertive treatment. Clinical Depression is a condition that affects a person’s mood, body and thoughts. While experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness and worthlessness is a normal part of life, these feelings for most people last only a few days are not considered clinical depression. People who are depressed are usually not able to simply get it together in spite of their attempts to will themselves into feeling better. Without treatment, depression can continue for months, years or a lifetime.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • A persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood
  • Feelings of pessimism or hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities that have been previously enjoyed, including sex
  • A decrease in energy, increased fatigue, or feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty with memory, concentration, or making decisions
  • A change in sleep patterns, either sleeping less or sleeping more
  • A change in eating patterns resulting in either weight loss or weight gain
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to medical treatment, including headaches, digestive disorders or chronic pain