Feeling Hopeless

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Hopelessness is defined by a lack of optimism, enthusiasm, and hope. A person who feels hopeless may have little hope for future achievement or progress. Hopelessness can be a symptom of a range of mental health issues, or it can be the result of dissatisfying, distressing, or bad life events.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Feelings of hopelessness

Possible causes

  • Adjustment disorder

    A psychological disorder, often with low mood and anxiety. It is triggered by a sudden change in life circumstances, e.g. divorce or losing a job.

  • Depressive

    Dysthymia is a continuous long-term (chronic) form of depression. There may be lose of interest in normal daily activities, feeling of hopeless, lacking productivity, and having low self-esteem and an overall feeling of inadequacy.

  • Depression

    Depression is a psychiatric illness that causes low mood, decreased energy levels, and poor sleep. This causes problems with daily activities like schooling and working. As the condition worsens, patients may also think of commiting suicide. Although depression can be caused by stress and trauma, in many cases no clear cause is found.

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Hyperventilation syndrome . panic disorder
  • Anxiety

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you have feelings of hopelessness?

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