Depression is different from temporary feelings of being down, or short term sadness. Depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, emotional pain, loss of pleasure in daily activities, frequent crying and often feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. It may take the form of irritability, anger and impatience, a sense of futility and lack of motivation, or just "not feeling like yourself." While ordinary, time-limited feelings of being "down" due to setbacks, losses and disappointments are normal, persistent sadness often accompanied by difficulty eating or sleeping, is a serious but treatable condition which shouldn't be ignored.
In therapy for depression, clients learn what thought patterns are creating and maintaining the depression and what behaviors can alleviate it. Mindfulness meditation can also be a useful tool for recovery. Other tools include exercise, possible light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder, as well as a referral for medication evaluation under some circumstances. Therapists have many tools available to help clients get relief from their suffering. Depression should not be ignored or "toughed out" because an episode which is ignored can make individuals more susceptible to depression in the future.
Depression Screening Test