Put simply, depression is typically a combination of hopelessness and helplessness. There are many possible symptoms of depression including changes in sleeping or eating patterns, poor concentration, indecisiveness, and loss of interest in hobbies, work, family or friendships. Other symptoms can be a pervasive feeling of sadness, physical aches and pains, fatigue, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness.
The despair of depression is so difficult to cope with that it often creates negative effects in many different areas of one’s life, including their emotions, their relationships (of many varieties – social, professional, family, romantic), their physical health and their work/school. People who are depressed often feel like they are struggling to function in their lives or living in a ‘black hole’.