You can have depression without feeling worthless


We have all had days when we felt depressed or sad. These feelings can arise after problems in a relationship, in the family or at work, after failure or bereavement, but also for no obvious reason. A bad physical condition or e.g. overtiredness and stress make us prone to depression and sadness. Most of the time, this negative mood disappears by itself and, just like happiness, is part of our life.

Depression differs from this in terms of duration, intensity and the effects on your everyday life. In contrast to the above "normal" sadness, it lasts longer (at least two weeks continuously) and is characterized by the fact that

  • You feel depressed, deeply distressed, or sad.
  • You feel hopeless and the world seems gray and lonely.
  • You cry frequently without relieving your sad mood.
  • You have lost interest in and enjoyment of activities that are normally enjoyable for you.
  • Every undertaking is difficult for you and you quickly feel exhausted and tired, which is why you withdraw more and more.
  • You feel worthless and have lost confidence in yourself.
  • You blame yourself for many things in life and feel like you are just a burden to others.
  • Sometimes life seems unbearable and meaningless to you, so that you no longer want to live.
  • you find it difficult to make decisions because you cannot have a clear thought and
  • you find it difficult to concentrate.
  • You have trouble falling asleep or are awake frequently at night.
  • You no longer have an appetite or you may be eating all the time, which has noticeably changed your weight.
  • You often feel "restless inside" and nervous.
  • You have lost interest in sexuality.

However, these symptoms of depression do not have to be present in all. However, if you think that you are suffering from depression, please contact your family doctor.

Since depression can often become entrenched and chronic, we recommend medical clarification and, if necessary, rapid treatment if a depressive illness is suspected. According to the current treatment guidelines for psychotherapy (, this provides for a combination of psychotherapeutic and medicinal treatment, depending on the severity and the patient's wishes.