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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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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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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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Dental experts! what is the difference between depression vs sadness?

Dental experts! what is the difference between depression vs sadness?

Here's the difference.: With sadness you feel just mildly down. With depressionthere is a far-reaching effect on your mental and physical health and existence. For example, you asked for dental experts to comment on this topic instead of mental experts. That is the type of difficulty that is more likely to be found with depression as opposed to with sadness. Depression causes problems with concentration attention span feeling hopeless hopeless worthless and guilty, causing increased or decreased sleep, increased or decreased appetite, and a loss of motivation and pleasure. Depression can also cause suicidal or homicidal thinking. If you are depressed please seek treatment. See your family doctor first and take it from there. Be sure to be involved in psychotherapy as well. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between depression and/or self pity or sadness?

How do I know the difference between depression and/or self pity or sadness?

Sadness is: usually shorter lived reaction 2 specific circumstances than depression. Self- pity also usually is not constant. Depression leads 2 the sadness & self pity 2B constant unending. There R degrees of depression which are milder, but the feelings just don't lift. Often it is combined with insomnia, withdrawal from social activities, avoidance of friends, weight gain/loss, & crying 4 apparent reason ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

2 general types: Generally there are two types of depression listed in the DSM5. The first is dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression that varies little in intensity, and major depression, which varies in intensity a great deal. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between depression and low mood?

Is there a difference between depression and low mood?

Low mood: Low mood or anhedonia is a symptom with many possible causes. Clinical depression is a constellation of of signs and symptoms such as anhedonia, anergia, change in appetite/sleep, etc. ...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?

How long does sadness last to be considered depression?

2 weeks: Several other symptoms have to be there for those 2+ weeks in addition to the sadness. Those include disturbance of eating, sleeping, concentration, loss of interest, thoughts of death, irritability, sense of loss, anger, etc. If you feel you have some of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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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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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

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I'm only 7 weeks and I just have this out of no where feeling of sadness or depression and I don't know why is this normal because its never happened before?

I'm only 7 weeks and I just have this out of no where feeling of sadness or depression and I don't know why is this normal because its never happened before?

If it doesn't pass,: Consider a bit of psychotherapy or counseling to resolve the feelings. Pregnancy can alter your hormones and it certainly can alter your life. Adjustment to the changes happening now and to the implications for the near future and even for the long run may be hard to make without some professional emotional guidance and support. It's better to avoid medication if possible (IMHO) but talking helps! ...Read more

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How to get over depression (sadness)?

How to get over depression (sadness)?

Sad Moods: There are many things you can do for depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Recommend the “feeling good book' by dr. David burns. ...Read more

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How can I get over my depression and sadness?

How can I get over my depression and sadness?

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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Is sadness and depression a symptom of puberty?

Is sadness and depression a symptom of puberty?

No: Neither of those are a "symptom" of depression. Adolescence can be a difficult time of adjustment leading to sadness or depression. If you are concerned, you should talk to someone. ...Read more

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Help please! is always looking tired for a while a sign of sadness or depression?

Help please! is always looking tired for a while a sign of sadness or depression?

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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Why do I get sudden and ling periods of sadness and depression?

Why do I get sudden and ling periods of sadness and depression?

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 do I know if my sadness is normal baby blues, or post-partum depression?

How do I know if my sadness is normal baby blues, or post-partum depression?

The best way to tell: Is to make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area who can help you figure this out. But in general post partum depression involves sleep and appetite disturbance, feelings of helplessness and inadequacy in caring for your child, feelings of guilt, and emptiness, bouts of anger and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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 ...Read more