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Depression v/s Sadness

13 Oct 2016

The definitions show that they are close to each other, but not the same thing as we commonly take them to be.

Sadness is a normal human emotion. We’ve all experienced it at one point or another. Sadness is usually triggered by a difficult, hurtful, challenging, or disappointing event, experience, or situation. In other words, we tend to feel sad about something; also, sadness is not constant. This also means that when that something changes, when our emotional hurt fades, when we’ve adjusted or gotten over the loss or disappointment, our sadness remits.


Depression is an abnormal emotional state, a mental disorder that affects our thinking, emotions, perceptions, and behaviors in pervasive and chronic ways. When we’re depressed we feel sad about everything. Depression does not necessarily require a difficult event or situation, a loss, or a change of circumstance as a trigger. In fact, it often occurs in the absence of any such triggers. People’s lives on paper might be totally fine—they would even admit this is true—and yet they still feel horrible.


Key differences 



      Temporary, mostly goes away after a period of time

       Chronic, requires assistance, medication and support

     Often connected to a negative life change

     Might have a trigger but can also rear its ugly head whenever it wants

 Usually without feelings of suicide

  Tends to be accompanied by suicidal idealization most of the times

   Less affects a person’s ability to take care of themselves

  Negatively impacts on energy, sleep, appetite and general well being is dramatically altered


Symptoms of Sadness


a.  Physical symptoms of sadness manifest differently in different people. Some may experience frequent bouts of crying or feel tearful all the time. Others may have unexplained body aches and pains, upset stomach, disruptions in their digestive system such as diarrhea, or get headaches and general feelings of fatigue.


b.  Emotional symptoms of sadness go beyond the obvious signs of crying and feelings of gloom. Sadness is a response to an actual event, such as a loss due to death or the end of a relationship.


c.  When you're sad, you may feel like withdrawing from others. You might feel like spending more time on your own, and you may even avoid people whose company you typically enjoy. Other social symptoms of sadness include talking less or avoiding or ignoring other types of interactions such as phone calls.


d.  Cognitive Symptoms of sadness can interfere with your ability to process information and to think objectively. You may feel like you have a hard time concentrating or experience difficulty focusing on specific tasks.



Common symptoms of depression


       Depressed mood or an “empty” feeling, or appearing sad or tearful to others


     Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed


  Significant weight loss when not dieting or significant weight gain (for example, more than 5% of body weight in a month)


 Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping


   Restlessness or irritation (irritable mood may be a symptom in children or adolescents too), or feelings of “dragging”


 Fatigue or loss of energy


Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt


Difficulty thinking or concentrating, or indecisiveness


  Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or specific plan for committing suicide



Depression is an extremely common mental illness and there are many treatments that benefit most people. There are many types of therapy available. Three of the more common methods used in depression treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Often, a blended approach is used.


Some types of therapy teach you practical techniques on how to reframe negative thinking and employ behavioral skills in combating depression. Therapy can also help you work through the root of your depression, helping you understand why you feel a certain way, what your triggers are for depression, and what you can do to stay healthy.

Thus, if you think you or a loved one might be depressed, it is important to seek the counsel of a trained mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment. Reach out, and find the happiness you deserve.


Treatment & Management of Depression


Depression is treatable and early intervention helps. 

Works Like This 


 After taking history of the client, we go on to do the clinical assessment to ensure the presence of depression and assess its severity. Depending on the severity, we lay out a counseling & psychiatric intervention plan and help you manage and take control of your life. The entire intervention is Designed by India's leading Clinical Psychologists & Psychiatrists for Ensuring Treatment Outcomes Online



Take Charge Take Control

Show Courage & Seek Therapy

That is the onlu way to Defeat the 

Monster that is Depression


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