Do you experience diminished interest in pleasure in all or most activities?
Are you experiencing fatigue, lethargy and lack of motivation?
Do you cry often and for prolonged periods "for no apparent reason"?
Is it difficult for you to make decisions?
Do you think about leaving your life behind, or even killing yourself, to end your suffering?
Everyone gets sad, blue or depressed every once in a while for many reasons: the death of a loved one, the
loss of a job, the breakup of a relationship, etc. That's expected and natural. That's a direct reaction to loss,
betrayal, disappointment, hurt, helplessness, separation, etc.
When depression turns to a deep, non-stopping, chronic, gripping, paralyzing force that causes
the loss of vitality
and changes life as one knows it. When it doesn't allow normal functioning in other parts of one's life, then it
needs to be attended to professionally.