Mental experts, including Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ CEO Kita S. Curry, Ph.D, recently explained the symptoms of depression to help you determine if you or a loved one may need to be assessed for a depressive disorder.

During these weeks your mind is likely occupied by what Curry describes as “persistent thoughts of failure, hopelessness or shame, and [you’re] thinking in black-and-white.”

Types of thoughts you may experience, according to Curry: “‘No one has ever loved me; it’s always been this way; it will never get better!’ That’s when you know you’re probably depressed.”

This sense of hopelessness can be so pervasive you may find yourself unable to feel joy, even when great things happen.

Read the full article here: Am I depressed or just sad? How to know when to seek treatment (NBC News)