Depression is a mood disorder lasting at least two weeks that can make those suffering feel like life isn't worth living. It may be triggered by traumatic events or stressful situations; it can occur after childbirth; it can emerge during winter months when hours of daylight are fewer; or it may not have a specific trigger.
Symptoms of Depression Include:
- Feeling hopeless, empty, sad, irritable, agitated, anxious, or angry
- Sleeping or eating too much or too little
- Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyable
- Being unable to stop negative thoughts
- Feeling worthless, guilty, or like a burden
- Feeling like life isn't worth living
- Isolating oneself or withdrawing socially
- Having no energy or being tired or lethargic all the time
- Feeling pessimistic or indifferent
- Feeling indecisive or unable to concentrate
- Having recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Mental health problems can cause distorted self-talk. People with depression might see situations as very negative, or might lead them to only see the negative parts of a situation. It can make problems seem worse than they are.
Source: Department of Veterans Affairs, VA New England Healthcare System