Is your sadness temporary or a sign of depression?
Here’s how you can find out whether you’re suffering from regular sadness or depression
Life is an ocean and we humans are the tiny boats that have to tackle the tides of time to survive and to fend for ourselves. But while everyday may seem like a struggle and things may not work in your favour, keeping your head high and moving forward towards the next chapter of your life is what keeps you sane.
That said, sadness is a part of life. It’s a part of happiness that you feel so gravely in times of love, laughter and amazement. But when it turns into depression and forms into severe anxiety, it is time to address the situation and seek help.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SADNESS AND DEPRESSION.
Many people confuse sadness with depression. While sadness is a small part of depression that promotes feelings of anxiety, remorse and dejection, it cannot be misinterpreted as depression itself.
Sadness is a temporary emotion that may be triggered rather than appearing on its own. It is a feeling that comes and goes for brief moments, but does not leave a lingering gloom. On the other hand, depression can come at any time, without any reason and can last for the longest of time, affecting the peace of mind, physical health and the spirit of the soul.
SIGNS TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR SADNESS IS A FORM OF DEPRESSION OR NOT
Depression can come in many forms. Sadness is also a part of it. It may bring about a change in your physical being or may trigger a hopeless outlook towards life. You may either feel disoriented towards various aspects of your day to day life and may even find it hard to rise above it all. However, there may be a high possibility that you feel the same emotions when you’re only sad about certain problems in your life. That said, it becomes extremely important to identify the root of all your problems and to determine when you’re suffering from temporary sadness or prolonged depression. Here are some signs that tell you whether you’re suffering from regular sadness or depression;
Sadness is a common possibility that can occur in all age groups. It is temporary and can be overcome by distractions and activities that deviate your mind from it. However, depression is a set of overwhelming emotions, that has no source of origin and may trigger a state of confusion and disorientation. It stays for a long period of time where your negative emotions cloud your positive mental framework.
SADNESS WITHOUT NO REASON
Sadness without no reason When it’s regular sadness, there is always a reason behind it. It lurks in slowly and you know exactly why you’re feeling such emotions. But in terms of depression, you are confronted by a sudden splurge of emotions that have no origin or reason behind its appearance.
WHEN GETTING WORK DONE IS A TASK
As far as sadness is concerned, it gets work done, because the person suffering from it finds reasons to deviate their minds with different activities. While it does not linger on for a long time, there’s no problem completing any pending work. However, depression disallows a person from thinking straight and prohibits the mind from doing anything productive. One is overshadowed by the thought of meaningless life and therefore prefers leaving things as it is.
YOU LOSE INTEREST IN YOUR FRIENDS
In sadness, people seek comfort in their friends and family. But in depression, you try and avoid your loved ones. Your mind becomes so polluted with negative emotions that you prefer isolating yourself than being around people. This in turn triggers your chances of developing a more severe form of depression.
HEIGHTENED MOOD SWINGS
Heightened mood swings
While sadness may also trigger mood swings, it leaves room for apologies and acceptance. But depression can result in elevated levels of anxiety and anger that somehow forbids any kind of reconciliation and discussion.
YOU LACK FOCUS IN EVERYTHING
You lack focus in everything
From being unable to determine the cause of your stress and anxiety to having no interest in life whatsoever, depression can make you lack focus in everything you put your mind to. It deprives you of the ability to concentrate and takes away your reasonability.
Well, sadness and depression may be interlinked in some way or the other. But given that the latter is more problematic than the former, it is important to identify the cause of your sadness and to address it according to the demands of the condition.