If you’ve felt really down for a while, you might start to wonder if you’re suffering from depression. Dr. Wyatt Fisher, a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist in private practice, told The Cheat Sheet that different types of depression often boil down to the level of your ability to function as well as the severity and duration of the depression.
“Clinical depression is technically called major depressive disorder and is characterized by severe feelings of hopelessness, depression, and/or anger, and often includes suicidal ideation and severe impairment in at least two areas of life,” said Fisher.
How do you know if you have clinical depression? Here are six signs and symptoms.
You’re losing your will to live
Has life lost its meaning? Those with major depression might feel a sense of hopelessness, low self-worth, and even begin to lose their appetite.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Rachel Dubrow told The Cheat Sheet that this type of depression often presents with several signs and symptoms. “A person is clinically depressed when the lack of interest and/or depressed mood is present along with other symptoms, such as insomnia, gaining or losing weight without trying to do so, irritability, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and/or worthlessness, having difficulty concentrating, and feeling suicidal. A person can have varying levels of depression, which range in severity from mild to moderate to severe,” said Dubrow.