Those with existential depression experience a chronic sense of emptiness and futility. In addition to the typical symptoms of depression, there is an overarching sense of despair with the emptiness of life.
People with existential depression often report:
Existential depression can be precipitated by a time of crisis such as grief and loss, life changes, or loss of identity. It also tends to occur in intellectual, introverted people, particularly when navigating young adulthood.
I wrote my Master’s thesis on Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy, and have a special interest in working with those with existential depression using this approach.