Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.
Fortunately, it is also treatable.
Depression causes feelings of sadness or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness?
When you think about the future are you filled with dread because your future looks so bleak?
When we are depressed, looking to the future in a positive way is literally impossible. When we are depressed it’s hard to imagine that we will ever feel any differently than we do right now so the idea that the future might be bright is impossible to imagine.
It’s important that we recognize that hopelessness is one of the signs of depression because hopelessness is one of the most insidious signs of depression because it can lead to thoughts of suicide.
So, understand that your hopelessness is in your head because of your depression and that seeking help is the best thing you can do to manage it.