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Am I sad or depressed?

A lot of people confuse sadness with depression. It is familiar to misuse sadness for depression and misinterprets depression for sorrow. While sadness plays a part in how depression manifests, there is a thick border that stands between sadness and depression.

Am I sad or depressed?

Most people who constantly feel down tend to wonder whether what they think now is just being sad or really depressed. What they fail to recognize is that depression is something much more than shallow waters. To determine the difference between the two terms, here are three key terms that highly differentiate Sadness from Depression:

Clinical Description

Primarily, sadness involves feelings that are related to being disappointed, hurt, and loneliness. It is highly associated with unhappiness or the lack of being happy. In situations such as failure to purchase an item on sale because they ran out of stocks, or that moment when you accidentally break a glass at home, you feel sadness through disappointment. These scenarios are normal day-to-day activities with a high probability of happening to you out of nowhere. However, depression is many ways more than that. While sadness is the feeling, depression is the mother-bird that dominates all the symptoms related to the significant change in everyday functioning. When you have depression, you don’t just feel sad; you become uninterested in things, your previous hobbies, and even in life. You will have recurring thoughts of inadequacy and a change in sleeping patterns, eating patterns, cognitive functioning, and active hours.

Intensity and Duration

What truly marks the difference between these two terms is their intensity. While sadness can occur during normal periods of time at which there is a regular correlation of events that may contribute to the reasons for feeling sad, depression can manifest in notable forms with an irregular pattern of reason. These manifestations can come after experiencing significant distress or a major loss which are keystones for determining the root for therapy and other necessary interventions to lessen the impact of its symptoms. With depression, there is no easy way out; therefore, psychological professionals try to articulate interventions suitable for those diagnosed with the disorder.

Am I sad or depressed?

One might think that they have depression based on intense feelings of sadness alone. But to determine whether or not you have a serious clinical case of depression, you must first fit into the criteria specifically mentioned in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed.

 However, self-diagnosis does more harm than good, just so you know. When you feel like you fall closely beside what I have described here, it’s time you book your next appointment at your local psychological clinic.

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