What’s The Difference Between Sadness and Depression?

How many times have you heard people say to you or others, “get over it” or “you’re fine, stop being dramatic.”

Depression is not something you can just “get over,”. It can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Not only does it affect you, but it can also affect others around you?

People experience depression for a number of reasons:

  • the loss of a loved one
  • divorce
  • stress, along with other individual stressors

 

What is Depression?

 

Individuals who experience depression may feel like they are in a permanent emotional state of sadness that they are incapable of escaping. Depression affects all parts of your life, from your home environment, school environment, and work environment.

 

what Does Sadness feel like?

 

Humans experience sadness daily as a result of something that happened. But eventually, sadness goes away, once the situation has been handled. The sadness may affect just one part of your life. Like getting into an argument with a best friend that terminates the friendship.

 

Differences Between Sadness and Depression

 

SADNESS

  • Being down about a situation
  • Being down for part of the day or week
  • Wanting to be left alone
  • Feelings of frustration
  • Can gain relief from crying or talking about what made them sad
  • When pain is gone, relief is felt

DEPRESSION

  • Being down about everything
  • Being down every day, all-day
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Inability to experience joy or partake in fun activities
  • Not noticing others around, feeling indifferent about it
  • Low energy, sluggish
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of suicide

 

DEPRESSION SCREENING TOOL

 

If you’re not sure about whether you are being affected by depression you can take a
self-assessment at:

DEPRESSION SCREENING TOOL

If you are experiencing overwhelming feelings, are going through significant life
adjustments (moving, lost loved one, new job, etc.), or just feel off, contact us today.

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