The normal ups and downs in life mean that everyone feels sad from time to time. But if emptiness and despair have taken hold of your life and won’t go away, you may have depression. Depressive states make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. But no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better. Understanding the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment of depression is the first step to overcoming the problem with our help.