Depression can be difficult to pinpoint in our own lives. We all experience periods of normal sadness or disappointment from time to time. Where this becomes a problem is when your feelings start to interfere with your life.
If you find that depression is starting to affect a significant portion of your day, the best time to act is before it overwhelms your life. Patients interested in determining their level of depression and sadness can take the Patient Health Questionnaire or the Burns Depression Checklist as part of their treatment orientation.