Everyone feels sad on occasion. If left unchecked, serious bouts of sadness can turn into a long-term mental health condition such as depression. Understanding when to see a doctor about depression is essential to getting your life back on track.

Symptoms of depression

Depression can affect multiple aspects of your life. While the most common symptoms—such as sadness, tearfulness and hopelessness—are seemingly obvious, other more subtle symptoms can often be misdiagnosed:

  • Anger. This includes outbursts, feelings of generalized annoyance with no specific cause, and overreactions to minor events. This behavior is often