It is natural to have periods in life where you might feel more sad and deflated than usual. If, however, you have periods when you consider yourself as being of less worth than others, and have difficulties facing your everyday life, then you may have depression.
Things that you normally enjoy, no longer give you joy, and well-known chores can seem impossible to carry out. You might engage less in social activities and instead use all your energy on trying to get your everyday life to hold together. Often, your ability to remember and concentrate is also affected. It is common to be less physically active and you may feel lonelier. This frequently results in greater sense of hopelessness and sadness, less energy and you may become more self-critical, creating a vicious circle, which reinforces the depression.
Professional help can assist with techniques to help break the damaging cycle of a depression.