You may know that you’ve been depressed for a long time. You feel depression like a heavy fog that oozes into your mind and emotions, clouding your thoughts, and darkening any light or hope ahead. You feel depression like drowning in an ocean of sadness, with no sight of the shore, no buoy to hold onto, and no path to resurface for fresh air. Maybe your depression is so persistent that you don’t remember life without it.
Or, maybe you’re not sure if you’re depressed. You may just feel “bleh” - emotions don’t feel big and life doesn’t seem interesting. You may wonder why you’re tired all the time; why you can’t just get started on things; why you’re sad. You may feel like you can’t be depressed because nothing is that bad and you should feel grateful for what you have. You may feel like you’re annoying your friends, that no one likes you, or no one understands you.
Changes in mood can be challenging to navigate, whether it’s the first time you’ve ever felt this way or it’s a cycle that you’ve experienced off and on your whole life. There are several different types of depression and each type can affect your life in significant ways.