Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness or lack of interest in previously pleasurable activities that creates a lack of optimism for the future.  Symptoms include tearfulness, oversleeping, social isolation.  We all get sad sometimes, especially when we experience the end of a relationship or a loss.  We can even feel sad when going through a significant life transition.  When depressive symptoms make it hard to handle basic day to day responsibilities it may be time to speak with a professional mental health clinician. Someone suffering from depressive symptoms may have trouble sleeping and likewise experience over sleeping, they may have difficulty concentrating or completing tasks.  They may abuse substances, engage in emotional eating, feel frequently irritable and isolate from friends and loved ones.  Depressive symptoms can include a sense of hopelessness that leads to self harm or even suicidal ideation or suicidal thoughts.

If you or someone you know experiences experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please reach out immediately to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.  These services are free and confidential.