We all feel down in the dumps from time to time, but sometimes, feelings of sadness and hopelessness persist for long periods of time and may interfere with your ability to live life normally. In these cases, sadness and hopelessness may signal major or clinical depression.

If you have experienced feelings of sadness or hopelessness nearly daily for at least two weeks, it may be more than just being down in the dumps. You may have major or clinical depression, which can be treated through behavioral therapy and/ or medication.

For more information on sadness and hopelessness, visit the National Institute of Mental Health.