Depression and sadness both are the different things sometimes when people are sad for a long time they think they are in depression, people confuse between sadness and depression.
is part of the normal spectrum of human emotion, and it’s important to feel free to experience it at appropriate time
Depression is a differen thing, it is a mental illness that doesn’t follow any normal emotional rules.
One of the most important distinctions between sadness and full-blown depression is the broadness of its effects on the body and mind. For a full diagnostic description of the,
Among medical professionals, depression is called Major depressive order and it comes with a combination of nine different symptoms.
Ranging from weight loss to fatigue. To qualify, you must have experienced as least five of them.
So if you’re wondering if you’re depressed or just a bit sad, here are six questions to ask yourself
Do you still enjoy the things you like:
Sadness: Being seriously bummed can be terrible, but even if you’re sad, you’re still able to enjoy things what you love to do in the period before your sadness hit. It may take a bit of persuasion, but you do get into it in the end
and enjoy the things.
Depression: One of the most important aspects of depression is the experience of anhedonia i.e a lack of interest or enjoyment in things and activities you once got a lot of pleasure from. If you absolutely loved dancing/writing/shopping/playing and now you seems it worthless and pointless you’re probably experiencing depression.
Are You emotional about a specific event or thing
Sadness: This is an interesting one, because there’s not a distinct line, you may just feel sad for reasons you can’t put your finger on. However, often sadness is specific in its cause, the death of a relative, an upheaval or change, homesickness, a friend’s illness,
your pet death etc.
Depression: Depressive episodes can still be triggered by specific events. According to studies examining what precisely these triggers are, and how they work in the depressive brain. But the depressed person is uniquely primed to react badly to a negative event, and after it occurs, they often experience a deeper, more general feeling of depression and misery that lasts beyond normal boundaries. Depression can turn up for no apparent reason at all
it may occur at any point.
ating and sleeping routines
Sadness: You may be badly upset after a break-up or not pass in an examination but on the whole, you’re still able to maintain your desire to eat breakfast, lunch work out if you want, or get to sleep roughly as planned
Depression: Depression is often associated with serious disruption or disturbance of normal eating patterns, sleeping patterns, or both. You may become an insomniac, or sleep all day and not want to get out of bed and become so lazy. Eating disruptions are often a manifestation of the everything is pointless thinking of depression, what’s the point of making a healthy dinner, or indeed eating at all
or sleeping at right time.
Experience of variations in your low mood
Sadness: If you are sad.You have periods where you don’t feel sad at all, like while you’re doing something distracting, for instance.
Depression: In moderate depression, low mood is fairly consistent throughout the day, though you may get bright spots sometimes. In severe depression, the depressive episode is constant, daily and
all the time feeling low.
xtremely self-critical thoughts
Sadness: While you might feel responsible and a bit sucky for something bad you did, you often don’t experience any permanent sense of worthlessness or guilt
or self harming thoughts.
Depression: Depression has its own special host of accompanying thought patterns, some of which are particularly strange. One of its most distinctive features is that your thoughts often become incredibly self-punishing and harming yourself it’s difficult to see yourself as anything except rotten, bad, worthless and to blame for everything that you are not good for nothing. Seeking help for depression is always important, but it is especially pressing if you’re dealing with
Sadness: Suicidal thought is not typically associated with normal levels of non-depressive sadness.
Depression: Severe depressives may sometimes take the self-harming thoughts those who struggling with severe depression may have thoughts of death and suicidal, or have a suicide plan
What to do:
Professional help is a great first step for dealing with depression