Watching television commercials you might think that depression occurs as often as allergies of season, but there is an important difference between depression and occasional sadness. Depression is not brief or situational. Depression feels like you have a dark cloud above you and it does not go away. Although indecision is a symptom of depression, being undecided does not necessarily mean that you are depressed.
If you have recently ended a relationship, you may feel sad but because those feelings were generated by a specific event, you probably do not suffer from clinical depression. It is natural to feel miserable or broken-hearted for a while after a relationship ends. Other symptoms must be present before a clinical diagnosis of depression can be made. According to the Manual of Mental Illnesses of Diagnosis and Statistics, Fourth Edition, depression can be indicated if you experience five or more of the following symptoms for two or more weeks: inability to make decisions, loss of focus, sadness most of the time, loss of interest in pleasurable activities you enjoyed before, loss or gain of relevant weight, sleeping too much or too little, moving or talking more slowly than usual, loss of energy and libido and thoughts about hurting or killing you. Many personality characteristics can cause indecision. Certain personality characteristics contribute to indecision, particularly if you have low self-esteem have difficulty making decisions. For example, without being able to decide which pair of shoes to buy, you could take a picture of the shoes with your cell phone and send it to 10 friends asking their opinion. In that case, you need external confirmation about your decisions. Women have a much greater tendency to ask for the opinion of others when they make decisions. Of course, this is not always true. Committing to a decision can be overwhelming for some people, which causes them to avoid the situation altogether. Known as avoiding situations, it is a more common characteristic in men than in women. Some men think that if they do not have a problem in mind, it does not exist. For example, you invited your boyfriend to your cousin's wedding where he would meet your extended family for the first time. It tells you that it will let you know if it goes but it never confirms until you mention it again. This is an example of what you are avoiding. If you suspect that you are suffering from depression, seek professional help from a certified mental health professional. Indecision alone is not a reason to seek professional help.