Common symptoms include feeling very sad and low, a lack of motivation and apathy, feeling hopeless and helpless, a lack of joy and a lack of interest in activities you once loved (including socialising) together with feeling tearful and empty inside.
Often people will attempt to tranquilise their feelings with alcohol or drugs. In extreme cases they want to terminate their feelings altogether. If you have thoughts about death or committing suicide, it’s of vital importance that you seek help immediately.
Often, people don’t want to admit they have depression, they feel guilty and ashamed for having it or for not being able to deal with it. They usually feel like it’s their fault for having it.
But, depression is not your fault. It’s an illness, not a sign of weakness. It’s all down to brain chemistry and a natural, though very unpleasant reaction to stressful life events.