Depression and being sad are two different states. Learn about the differences between the two!

In our life, we often meet people who are suffering from depression. These people always thought that they were just sad. Sometimes, we come across people who are just sad and fear that they might get depressed.

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As depression is often linked with a feeling of sadness, judging the difference between both is very difficult for a common person. This confusion can often lead to commotion and a serious condition like depression could end up being ignored. Take a look at the differences between the two.

1 Sadness

You must understand the fact that sadness is a normal emotion that humans will have at a point. Almost all of us have experienced it and are likely to have another bout of sadness in life soon enough. There are numerous factors which might trigger sadness with the most common being facing any disappointing scenario in life or meeting any unfortunate accident or being witness to any incident.

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Sadness often comes when we feel sad about an incident or any particular happening in our life. When the scenario changes and we are able to overcome the hurt feeling, the sadness too fades away from our life.

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2 Depression

Depression on the other hand is an abnormal emotional state or a mental illness that has effect on our thinking and behaviours. During the phase, in which a person is depressed, he or she will feel sad about everything around them. The trigger for the same is not necessarily any particular event or happening.

Many of you will be surprised to know that a depressing scenario develops in absence of any of the triggering factor even. Though people might admit to be fine in such a scenario, in reality, they are under mental stress and this keeps on making them feeling low.

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All aspects of life get disturbed when a depressing scenario develops in any person’s life. This phase snaps the energy and makes the person disoriented towards his life and all the events that might be happening around him.

Such people become impatient and react in an unusual manner to any happening around them. They all take longer to get over any situation and bounce back to their normal self.

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3 Symptoms of depression

Diagnosing people suffering from depression is not an easy task and such people should have been suffering from these symptoms for over two weeks. The severity of symptoms is another factor that needs to be considered if someone is being diagnosed of being depressed.

Irritated mood on most occasions- Being irritated for unusual reasons most of the time is a warning signal that the person might be suffering from this ailment.

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Loss of interest in usual activities – Those who show some loss of interest in usual activities they previously enjoyed, is also a warning signal that all might not be well with these people.

Noticeable change in weight or appetite- A noticeable change in weight or appetite is a sign that the person might be having some serious problems in life and therefore be suffering from depressing consequences.

Sleeping too much – Sleeping more than the required 7 hours is also a sign that the person is avoiding others due to some depressing events in his life.

Feeling restless most of the time
– those who suffer from depression feel restless most of the time and show little interest in usual work which they might have enjoyed doing in normal circumstances.

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Having feeling of worthlessness – Such people usually have feeling of worthlessness and avoid eye contact with others. They remain aloof of the world on most days and confine themselves to solitude.

Loose ability to take decisions – Even though such people might have been confident of their abilities in normal days; they behave in an abrupt manner and often lose the ability to take independent decisions in such a scenario.

Suicidal instinct takes over – if the ailment is not taken care of seriously, chances are that such people can develop suicidal instinct and might end up their lives.

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If you find any of your friends or family members suffering from any of the above listed symptoms, it is time to take medical advice from doctors. Delaying treatment in such cases can prove detrimental and can risk lives of your loved ones.

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