JUST SAD OR DEPRESSED?

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sad or depressed

When life takes a direction other than what we planned for we all get sad! These plans could be job-related, relationship-oriented, demise of a loved one, illness, or anything else. But is it only sadness? or have you gone into depression? It is important for us to know the difference to take remedial measures.

Differentiation

In some phase of life, all of us experience sadness. How do we recognize if we or our dear one is only sad or is actually depressed? We need to understand the difference between the two.

Sadness is an emotional state arising due to feelings of unhappiness and low mood. It is a normal response to situations that cause disappointment and, pain. It is a temporary phase and wears off in some hours or days.

Depression on the other hand is extreme sadness that is persistent and longer-lasting. It makes you anxious all the time. Sadness at times can turn into depression. It can be triggered by a sad situation or may arise out of nowhere.

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Identification

To identify if a friend or any relative is just sad or actually depressed look for these signs and symptoms of depression:

  1. Persistent sadness, anxiety or empty feeling.
  2. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
  3. Decreased energy and feeling of fatigue
  4. Insomnia or oversleeping
  5. Loss of appetite or, over eating
  6. Pessimism
  7. Restlessness
  8. Loss of interest in all activities
  9. Thoughts of suicide

Coping With Sadness

There is nothing negative about feeling sad. It is a normal reaction of a person in pain or an unsatisfied situation. However, you need to learn to cope up with this feeling in a healthy way so it does not turn into depression

  1. Allow yourself to be sad: denying the feeling of sadness only gives it a place deeper inside you which may be damaging in the future. It is better to shed a few tears there and then than cry later.
  2. Take a walk: being out in the fresh air helps to rejuvenate and brighten up the mood.
  3. Talk to a friend or a close relative: talking your heart out helps to lighten the burden.
  4. Be kind to yourself: soaking in a hot bath for even a few minutes might prove magical.
  5. Try to laugh out loud: faking a laugh helps to lighten the spirits, watch a funny video or a comedy series to help out.
  6. Ponder over the cause of sadness: might help you to find a solution to the difficult situation of life at present.
  7. Be Grateful: being grateful for even a small thing will help to focus on the positive aspects of life rather than the negative emotions.

Coping With Depression

A depressed person will not be able to help himself. It is the onus of the friends and family to help them overcome depression till the time they are ready to take care of themselves.

Depression is just like any other illness. The only difference is that the patient is mentally unwell and not physically. This illness like any other illness is treatable. Medication along with psychotherapy does a wonderful job. The therapist helps you to replace your negative thinking patterns with positive ones. A change in lifestyle which includes a routine of early to bed and early to rise, exercise, healthy eating, and communion with friends and family plays a big role.

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