Every one of us will experience sadness in our lifetime. It is entirely normal and natural. But some people feel something more profound and overwhelming than sadness. They may feel this way despite nothing difficult happening.
So how can we tell the difference between sadness and depression?
Sadness versus Depression: The Real Difference?
As I just mentioned, sadness is a normal reaction to a challenging event in our life. For example, we may feel sad because of a breakup from losing a loved one. In other words, we feel unhappy about something.
Depression, on the other hand, affects our emotions and how we act and perceive the world. Depression does not require a triggering event. When we’re depressed, we can feel upset about any and everything.
Depression can cloud all of our life. When we’re depressed, nothing feels as enjoyable as it once did. In short, we feel can less alive.
Symptoms of Depression
To be diagnosed with depression, you must experience at least five of the following symptoms for two weeks or more:
- An irritable or depressed mood
- A decreased interest in once enjoyable activities
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Changes in our sleep patterns
- Feeling sluggish most days, having a lack of energy and motivation
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Trouble focusing or concentrating
- Suicidal ideation
If you or a loved one are experiencing depression, seeking help is essential. Depression can rob you of your life, purpose and happiness, but strategies exist to break free and find joy again.
If you feel as if depression is affecting your relationship, please contact me. I am seeing my clients in my Hove in Hove or online globally.