With the most dominate indication of both depression and sadness is the feeling of being sad, it makes the distinction of the two own separate emotions extremely tricky; leading most people to either believe they have depression when they are immensely sad, or they are extremely sad when they are depressed.
How is this a problem?
Those with depression, mild to severe forms of the disorder, are lead to believe that they are not depression, therefore not seeking the proper or any treatment. This is causing the state of mind to get worse and further develop other mental illnesses, such as anxiety.
A major difference between depression and sadness is the time length. Feeling sad is an emotion that all people will experience durations of throughout their lifetime. The unhappiness and sadness come as a response to specific events or situations, however, the unpleasant feelings cease once the circumstances for the emotions conclude; this isn’t the case for those with depression.
Depression is a long-term mental illness as the feelings of unhappiness and sadness become extreme and intolerable to the point where the sensations impact on an individual’s lifestyle; interrupting work, school, social, etc. aspects.
Depression is an illness, sadness is an emotion.
Even though the symptoms of both depression and sadness are the same, it is when the symptoms have been present and consistent for more than two weeks, if not it is just the emotion of sadness.
Changes in lifestyle can help minimise the sadness, having said that, depression isn’t a ‘lifestyle change’ fix. When treating depression, psychological therapy can improve a state of mind, and in extreme cases, medication and rehabilitation may be used. Either way, if you’re feeling depressed or just unhappy, talking to someone like your general practitioner about the situation, can start the process of improvement and recovery.
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