Depression - How do I know if I'm depressed?

Gretchen Lawson: I talk to a lot of people who struggle with feelings of depression and when we feel depressed for a day or two, feel sad or don't really feel like doing the normal things that we do for a day or two, that can be really normal and associated with different seasons of life. It is when we have prolonged sense of sadness, when it affects our everyday living for a week or two, we're not wanting to do the things that we regularly enjoy doing, we are not wanting to spend time with people, we notice ourselves really isolating more and more that it would be really helpful to seek out another person to talk to someone about how you're feeling, possibly a counselor or a hope coach. Talk through how you're feeling and how those feelings are affecting your everyday life.

For more answers to your questions on depression, watch these videos:

Depression - Am I alone?

How do I get help if all I want to do is isolate myself?

Depression – How long will I feel this way?

Need someone to talk to about depression? TheHopeLine offers free confidential live chat with a Hope Coach to help you with forgiving someone. We are here to listen and support you without judgment.

If you or a friend need support right now, please visit the suicide prevention resource page. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

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