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What are the differences between sadness and depression?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Illness vs emotion: Sadness is an emotional reaction to a situation. It is usually temporary or come and go related to the situation. Depression is an illness for which sadness maybe one symptom among many others including: loss of interest and pleasure, change in sleep, apetite, concentration and ability to think positively. Depression is more of a constant that reacts less to what goes on and affects function.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between sadness and depression?

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Dr. TRUC DAO
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Psychiatry 37 years experience
Sadness vs depressio: Sadness is a symptom of the syndrome of depression, but can be just an isolated fact in a period of life if not accompanied by, among others, insomnia or sleeping life away, excessive fatigue, loss of appetite or excessive appetite, loss of pleasure in doing things you used to like, feeling bad about self, feeling guilty....If sadness lasts too long and too severe, it will lead to depression.

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