Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. We all have those feelings from time to time, but they usually go away within a few days. Major depression is something more. It’s a period of overwhelming sadness. It involves a loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure. Those feelings are usually accompanied by other emotional and physical symptoms. Untreated, depression can lead to serious complications that put your life at risk. Fortunately, most people can be effectively treated (Healthline.com).
The most common symptoms include
trouble focusing or concentrating
loss of interest in pleasurable or fun activities
sleep issues (too much or too little)
craving unhealthy foods
Treatment for depression include
Psychological counseling (psychotherapy)
Learning to monitor your thoughts and feelings
Challenging your self-defeating, fearful, negative feelings and thoughts
Reaching out to someone safe that you can talk to.
Walking your pet
Massages and other self-care practices (manicures, pedicures, spa treatments)
You add to the list—what makes you feel better