Everyone experiences sadness sometimes. How do you know if your sadness has become problematic? If you endorse some of the following you should consider seeking support:
1. You have a depressed mood most of the day, almost every day, indicated by your own subjective report or by the report of others. This mood might be characterized bysadness, emptiness, or hopelessness.
2. You have a diminished interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities most of the day nearly every day.
3. You experience significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain.
4. You have an inability to sleep or you are oversleeping nearly every day.
5. You experience physical agitation/retardation nearly every day.
6. You feel fatigue or a loss of energy nearly every day.
7. You have feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day.
8. You have a diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.
9. You have recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.
Read my blog post on depression here.