All us have felt sad or even depressed at times as it is part of the human experience. Feeling depressed can be a normal and appropriate response to significant loss, life’s struggles and disappointments, or a major blow to our self-esteem. On the more serious side of the spectrum, when feelings of profound sadness that linger for an extended period and include feeling helpless when you can’t see a way out, hopeless when you feel that things will never get any better, and worthless when nothing you have to offer is of any value or consequence to anyone. Furthermore, you cannot seem to shake off these feelings for several days to weeks at a time, your sleep and weight have been noticeably affected, you experience frequent crying spells, you lost interest in many things much of the time including work and finishing tasks, find it difficult to concentrate or make a decision, feeling inappropriate guilt and the marked decline of personal hygiene. When how and what you feel keeps you from living your life and functioning normally, your intense sadness may be indicative of a major depressive disorder or possibly bipolar disorder. You also may be experiencing some of these symptoms to a lesser degree yet feel that you still need professional help, don’t put it off, depression is serious yet treatable, you don’t have to be staying in bed all day to need help. For an accurate diagnosis please see a mental health professional like one of our therapist or psychologist experience an appropriate knowledge to make that call. Please do not engage in self-diagnosing based on what Google says, which includes this oversimplified explanation. There are additional symptoms and criteria to be considered and met prior to making any diagnosis.