Depressed Or Unhappy – What Is The Difference?
By Ryan Light, Running/Anxiety Coach
Do you know the difference between being depressed or just sad? I really think most people know the difference.
It is normal to feel sad from time to time. Everyone somewhere, sometime in lives will experience sadness. Sadness is a natural reaction to something painful which has happened. Depression is more extreme. It is a clinical illness which has a lot more symptoms than sadness and can, if not treated lead to suicide.
The difference between sadness and depression is a person experiencing feelings which they find upsetting can logically tell you what it is that is causing the unhappiness, whereas a person suffering from depression can not necessarily do so. People suffering from sadness know their feelings will begin to heal over a period of time. A person suffering from depression will usually get worse and do not see an end to the situation.
Depression can last for weeks, months or years. It is not something that a person can merely ‘snap out of,’ much as they wish they could. It is just not possible. The feelings are intense and overwhelming and believe me; no-one wants to be contemplating taking their own life.
If a person has a loss of interest in life in their daily activities, job, relationship or socializing for more than about two to three weeks and their mood is out of character, then a visit to the doctor would be in order.
Some of the main symptoms of depression are:
- Tiredness/lethargy or inability to sleep (insomnia)
- Loss of interest in social activities and sexual relations
- Contemplating death and/or suicide
- Lack of self worth and inappropriate guilt
- Significant weight changes
- Lack of focus
If you have any smptoms, you should visit your doctor. There are screening tests are available and there are a range of them available on the internet as well.
So take care of yourself. There is no one else even remotely like you that has your talents, skills or abilities. You simply cannot be replaced and you have important things to do with your life. The only person you can control is yourself, so take care of yourself first and foremost. Everyone and everything else is out of your control. Start doing those things today that make you feel good.
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