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Is it possible for you to die of depression or sadness?

Is it possible for you to die of depression or sadness?

Depression and death: Absolutely. People who are severely depressed are at a higher mortality rate. Indirectly, through physical illness or lack of attention to health factors; or directly, e.g. Suicide or neglect of basic needs for survival. Pay attention to experiences of prolonged sadness or unresolved grief and consult a mental health professional. Depression is a very treatable condition. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Does someone commonly die of natural causes from sadness or depression?

Does someone commonly die of natural causes from sadness or depression?

Interesting question: It would be hard to prove a direct causation. Probably not natural causes. However major depression is a serious and persisting illness and has connections/correlations to poor outcomes with a variety of medical treatments. Giving up, hopelessness, prolonged grief, caregiver stresses all have a significant emotional influence on immune system function and resistance to illnesses. ...Read more

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Can you die from sadness/depression? Like can your heart just give out and you die?

Can you die from sadness/depression? Like can your heart just give out and you die?

No: Great question, I'm glad you asked it. Depression is miserable though, and is treatable. Please dont hesitate to pursue a psychiatrist and a therapist for yourself or a loved one. Best wishes ...Read more

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Is depression a healthy reaction to a sadness?

Is depression a healthy reaction to a sadness?

No: Sadness is a healthy reaction to some negative events, depression in a clinical manifestation that may come whether or not one is actually experiencing "sad" events but has more to do with how things are interpreted in the brain. Sadness is normal, depression needs treatment. The most effective treatment is a combination of psychotherapy and medications. The sooner it's treated the better. ...Read more

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How long does sadness last to be considered depression?

2 wks + other sxs: A major depression diagnosis requires at least two weeks of depressed mood with four of the following: changes in sleep and/or appetite, poor concentration, low energy, feelings of guilt, can't enjoy things, suicidal thoughts, moving/acting slower or faster than normal. Sadness by itself is not major depression. If the sadness has persisted, seeking therapy may help. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sadness and depression?

What are the differences between sadness and depression?

Depression: Sadness is an emotion that lets us know we need to slow down and address certain issues in our lives. Depression is often an inability to do sorrow work effectively, things mount and are unresolved and you mood suffers. Read the free articles on depression on the soundmindz.Org website for daily support.Best. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between sadness and depression?

What is the main difference between sadness and depression?

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. ...Read more

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What's a good way to handle the intense sadness and depression with the loss of a loved one?

What's a good way to handle the intense sadness and depression with the loss of a loved one?

DEPRESSION: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. ...Read more

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How long does sadness have to last for it to be considered depression? mine has been for 1.5 weeks and doesn't seem like it will stop soon.

How long does sadness have to last for it to be considered depression? mine has been for 1.5 weeks and doesn't seem like  it will stop soon.

Depression: For a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder the primary criteria are depressed mood most of the day, every day for two weeks as well as loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities plus three more. The other symptoms are listed on the the Internet. However if this is grief after a death it may not be considered depression. I would suggest checking with a psychologist. ...Read more

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Suffering from depression or extreme sadness and unable to accept eating as normal, however feeling more distance to everyone and wanting to be alone?

Suffering from depression or extreme sadness and unable to accept eating as normal, however feeling more distance to everyone and wanting to be alone?

Depression: Please see your physician. Depression is highly treatable and you need an adjustment in medications and it may also be helpful to get some therapy. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Sadness (Definition)

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended period of time. ...Read more


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