How do I know if I'm sad or depressed?

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How do I know if I'm sad or depressed?
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Anonymous
January 3rd, 2016 3:29pm
When negative, sad emotions have lasted for longer than it feels they should do, and they are getting in the way of every day life, that's depression. Sadness is actually a small part of depression. Depression often entails little pleasure and interest in doing things, hopelessness, and the feeling that you can't escape. There also tends to be physical symptoms, for example over or under appetite. A good indicator of your emotional wellbeing is the 7 Cups Emotional Wellness test, which you can find at https://www.7cups.com/free-emotional-wellness-test/ Note that none of this is substitute to a licensed practicioner.
Melica
January 5th, 2016 6:37am
Honestly? I have no idea lol. sorry for the unhelpfulness..
MajesticTurtle
January 5th, 2016 11:27pm
If you always think of the negative things of life, if you are always blue, if you don't have anything that makes you happy
igetcha
January 6th, 2016 12:18am
When you're sad it's easier to pinpoint what it's about. When you're depressed you sometimes don't know why. You have a hard time seeing how it could get better & maybe even feel like it never will. You might also feel like nothing's worth working at or caring about. Depressed is when the sad takes over all your thinking. You can drown it out though by filling your life with people & activities that make you happy
Anonymous
January 6th, 2016 4:47am
I won't eat or do anything. I'll just sit in my room lost in my thoughts crying my eyes out. It's and empty feeling I can't get rid of
Reid3020
January 6th, 2016 10:24pm
Sadness and depression usually go hand in hand but there will be a reason why you are sad, which as a result will make you feel depressed.
Elodie14
January 7th, 2016 11:02pm
Everyone experiences sadness at one point or another. It is completely natural to cry in the face of intense emotion or tragedy, or sometimes for little reason at all. However, when sadness is accompanied by other symptoms such as isolation, weight gain/loss, and lasts for at least 2 or 3 weeks you could have depression. Don't be afraid to reach out for comfort and help when you're sad, and especially if you're experiencing depression.
Anonymous
January 8th, 2016 2:52pm
Well, in my opinion theres a huge difference. Being sad is normal, everyone gets sad now and then like maybe something happened and that upset you but after a while you'll go back to feeling okay again. Being sad will last a little bit but you'll be fine afterwards but depression (from my personal experience), it's like, this dark cloud is constantly following you around. You have no motivation to do anything, you feel down for no reason, life feels like it has no type of meaning anymore, sometimes you'll cry and you won't know why and you feel like its impossible to ever be happy again, you really feel like your life is hell.
Kelleyd83
January 8th, 2016 8:00pm
For me, when I'm sad, it's more of an emotional symptom, whereas depression is more of a mental symptom. When I'm sad, I feel it in my gut, my emotions, my memories. It's a visceral feeling of remorse, whereas when I feel depressed it is usually because I am processing from my past and it seems to originate more in my mental state of being. In other words, when I am depressed, it is because a part of my mental character is being re-calibrated and when I'm sad it's because I'm clearing old emotions.
lovingBeauty73
January 9th, 2016 3:52am
Sadness feels specific- you are sorrowful about something that happened or something you are thinking about. Sadness is something that can improve fairly quickly with support from friends and enough time to let whatever is making you sad diminish in its scope. Depression, on the other hand, is a lackluster often nonspecific feeling that overtakes the entire experience a person is having their life. It is hard to find any joy in anything, there is a feeling of hopelessness, sometimes suicidal thoughts. Depression often does not respond to well meaning friends who try to "cheer you up".
keely0
January 9th, 2016 8:12am
some days you may feel like your sad or upset when a lot of good things are happening. some days may seem cloudy but just remember, you WILL get through it!
gracefulPalm90
January 9th, 2016 7:44pm
Sadness happens to a lot of people, but depression lasts longer and occurs over several weeks. Individuals who are experiencing depression have a hard time getting out of bed and don't enjoy things they normally would.
Anonymous
January 9th, 2016 10:23pm
Because I've been acting strange lately and not the same,I feel very low and I feel sad and upset all the time
insightfulTruth93
January 9th, 2016 10:24pm
"Ugh. I'm depressed." We've all said it, and even the most happy-go-lucky among us will have an occasional bout of the blues. Sometimes it's the big stuff that triggers it—like getting fired, losing a loved one, or splitting up with your spouse—but often enough, feeling low can come from things as simple as a Grey's Anatomy rerun, crappy weather, or a rough night's sleep. But does that mean you’re actually depressed? Quite the fine line between these two states of being.For most of us, these feelings come and go. But when sadness persists for more than two weeks and affects your ability to function at work, at home, or in other aspects of your life, you may have what's known as major, or clinical, depression.
Anonymous
January 10th, 2016 1:22pm
i recommande to have a talk with yourself . why am i not happy ? ask yourself ... if you find an answer(i just broke up , familly problems..) then you're sad .. and since you found the problem it's easier to find a solution now ...if you're had hurts and you found no reason why you're feeling that way .. you're mostly depressed and you need someone to regenerate your cheerfullness that's all
RaneemTH
January 10th, 2016 8:59pm
Your activity, your sleeping schedule, your lack of sleep. Your eating habits. Your conversations. Your absence from everyone, friends. The lack of taking care of your own self, all things related to that.
ChunkyMonkey98
January 13th, 2016 2:46am
Everyone gets sad every once in awhile. Its just apart of life. Depresseion is the feeling or sadness over a long period of time, beng lethargic, having little to no motivation to do anything.
HopeAlways16
January 13th, 2016 10:59am
Sadness is normal human feeling which you have when something in your life isn't going right (if you had an argument with your best friend/gf/bf, or if you lost someone close to you etc.). Depression usually follows after experiencing something that made you feel sad but that feeling doesn't seem to go away and soon you become sad even though everything might go right in your life and you might be successful. So if you're experiencing constant feelings of sadness without any explanation you might have depression.
Korlix44
January 14th, 2016 11:26pm
Its a feeling you have. Depression last longer. Its a lack of motivation. Sadness is about a specific thing that happened.
KateIsabella
January 16th, 2016 5:44am
Sadness happens to everyone, but it usually passes given time. If your feelings of sadness linger, are excessive, or interfere with your work, sleep, or recreation, if you’re feeling fatigue or worthlessness, or experiencing weight changes along with your sadness, you may have depression. Get a proper diagnosis by a health professional to be sure.
Anonymous
January 16th, 2016 4:24pm
Well.... If you are sad a lot and thing offend make you sad easily then I would defiantly consider it. But mainly if something is really getting to you all the time and you always think of it e.g stress or a person. But try to notice mood changes and to ask people if you have acted or been different
Anonymous
January 17th, 2016 4:35pm
Sadness and depression , two words to be mixed with each other most times , but what the fact is sadness can only be a PART of depression , as depression itself comprises more than one feeling like sadness , guilt , hopelessness , anxiety also can accompany the term " depression " ...Both depression and sadness can come from events that may have negative impacts on that person ,but what should be considered is that sadness can only last for a short period of that event as how its impact diminishes on that person , but depression , can last for a longer period , also depression if had significant affects on the daily life of the sufferer and was characterized with continuity it may turn to a disorder known as " MDD " major depressive disorder .
Anonymous
January 18th, 2016 4:35pm
- Struggle to complete activities - Always feel like I'm not good enough - Loses interest in favorite past times
Anonymous
January 21st, 2016 11:43pm
When you're sad, you're... well, sad. But when you're depressed, it's another story. When you're depressed, you hate yourself, you want to get away from people, you feel empty, and angry.
Anonymous
January 22nd, 2016 5:55pm
You're going to feel tired, like the whole world is against you, maybe even like you need to hurt yourself. If this is the case, just know that hurting yourself isn't going to numb the pain, it'll make it worse. So, talk to somebody (a counselor, parent, adult, friend, etc) .
positiveForest68
January 23rd, 2016 7:29am
Depression is not sadness. Depression is feeling everything then nothing all at once. Its hating yourself every second of every day. You don't think of yourself as you, you think of yourself as your flaws. Depression takes away all hope and self esteem. Sadness and depression are very different.
Anonymous
January 23rd, 2016 6:25pm
if you are ssad or depressed you will know you will sit alone, never go out cant concentrate stop eating properly crying for no reason.
electricHug43
January 23rd, 2016 10:56pm
To me,being "sad "only happens for a short period time and being "depressed" is like you feel you have no energy to do whatsoever everyday and you lock yourself up from outside.
ReniK
January 23rd, 2016 11:29pm
If you have been sad non-stop for a long period of time, then you are in depression and if you felt sadness for one day or so, it means you are sad, not depressed
morgendorffer
January 24th, 2016 11:02pm
Depression is not a choise, its a complex of medical disorders. And sadness is a fleeting thing, when you remember something sad. Think of good, do something that will cheer you up.