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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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August 12th, 2015 2:21am
Sadness is much more temporary, depression is where you feel sad for longer periods of time. For example, your friend might have told you some bad news and you feel sad for the rest of the day, but the next day you're fine and you are over it, when you are depressed, you feel sad day after day.
August 12th, 2015 5:46am
Usually with sadness you are able to move on and for the most part continue your daily living and function in your normal routine. Often with Depression you will have a continue feeling of hopelessness or a feeling that you can't explain or get rid of. It will often interfere with your daily living and possibly leave you unable to function in your normal ways. You may even feel worse than when you are normally sad. If you feel like you are feeling something worse than ordinary sadness such as a loss of a pet, or sad because you didn't pass an exam or you didn't get to go on that vacation you wanted, then chances are you are feeling something a little more. If you feel you can't function as you normally do and can't seem to stop feeling sad, then you might want to seek professional advice from a healthcare professional and/or also a counselor or therapist for further assistance.
August 12th, 2015 12:13pm
The main difference is, that, basically, when you're just sad, there's a reason for it - and you will cry about it maybe, but eventually you'll be over it and you can be happy again - but when you're depressed, you don't really need a reason for it, you're sad and can't be bothered to do anything, you struggle with easy things like having a shower or getting out of bed and maybe you experience self-destructive thoughts. It can also last for a longer period of time.
August 12th, 2015 8:43pm
depression is a deeper felling then sadness, depression is usually a lot of things put together or one really tragic event while sadness might be when you don't get something you want of someone hurt your felling's depression most likely started out as sadness but built up.
August 13th, 2015 1:01am
Sadness is something that is quick and temporary in most cases, depression gets in the way of your normal daily activity.
August 13th, 2015 3:15am
If you worry about being depressed, it's best to seek a professional who can help you identify it, and then help you recover should you actually be depressed. Keep in mind that depression is more than just feeling sad, although it can definitely be a part of it.
August 13th, 2015 5:10pm
Sadness is an emotion that is usually triggered by something. Even if the sadness isn't triggered by something, it doesn't last very long - it passes, and you're equally able to experience the other wide range of human emotions. Depression, on the other hand, is an overwhelming feeling of numbness. It saps your energy and your ability to feel emotions, and it takes away your desire to participate in the hobbies that you once enjoyed. If you feel as though you're suffering from depression, it's best to reach out to a mental health professional or, if this isn't an option, to a support group.
August 13th, 2015 6:44pm
Sadness is short term. Depression goes on, and on. Sadness, we can get over. Depression can come and go and manifest again later.
August 14th, 2015 12:45am
You can see a doctor who will check if you have depression or not, or check if you have the symptoms of it but to be clear i think you should see a doctor :)
August 14th, 2015 3:45pm
You can be sad one just few days,but if it take more times,than its depression.You have bad appetite,bad mood whole day,lost interest to everyone and everything.Its named depression.
August 14th, 2015 4:19pm
Depression is a little deeper than sadness. It pushes more, lasts much longer, and takes an actually toll on your life and the way you live it. It is a physical feeling as well. Everyone gets sad sometimes, and its usually ok the next day or so. Depression tries to consume you. Don't let it.
August 15th, 2015 3:41pm
The clinical answer is if it lasts more than two weeks. Depression feels a lot deeper than sadness, and occasionally occurs for no reason.
August 16th, 2015 12:50am
I have always thought depression to be prolonged sadness. Sometimes a situation may make me sad, but I wouldn't think of myself as depressed unless that sadness went on for a couple weeks and I began to feel hopeless.
August 16th, 2015 9:45am
Dependent on the symptoms, like how you feel everyday and what's keeping you down .. What's bringing you negativity .
August 24th, 2015 5:09am
Sadness is something we all experience, it's a normal human emotion. We experience it when we experience something unpleasant in life such a loss, a disappointment, and so on. Sadness is what happens when normal events occur in ways that are hurtful and can occur at very regular intervals in our everyday lives. However, sadness is not constant but depression is. Sadness is not an every-moment-of-every-day thing like depression is. Sadness relents, depression doesn't. Besides that, sadness is interrupted by periods of laughter but depression often can’t be budged by even when something is really funny. In short, depression is far beyond sadness that occurs often but depression is long term . Sadness is painful , but it is normal and it does pass. However, depression is beyond painful because it's life-altering, and often does not resolve itself without medical intervention.
August 25th, 2015 10:00pm
Only a psychiatrist can determine that for sure, however depression is usually linked more along with not enjoying your life altogether, feeling constantly upset and drained, and sometimes suicidal. Whereas sad is more temporary, like 'aw that really sucked.' There is a very large difference between the two.
November 16th, 2015 8:14am
Your body has a strange way of alarming you that you are not ok. I was once manipulated by a man and I will say with absolute confidence that when you are unsure what to think, trust that your body will never lie to you. If it's sore, it will tell you. Same with being tired, in love, happy, excited, hurt - everything! So listen! If you find yourself carrying your body rather than prancing around in it, you are sad. If you are walking around with a limbo/ just woken up feeling - chances are you've been manipulated, are tired, or are too stressed to. Your body will hang in there, but look after it. It deserves your love just as much as love from others.
December 11th, 2015 1:33pm
Sadness is a normal human emotion, depression is a mental health issue, if it lasts for a while then it may be best to consider visiting the doctor
December 12th, 2015 5:20am
Being depressed is not being only sad. You can feel worthless, wonder what your purpose is and just feel like complete poop. If you feel down a lot of the time, it's most likely depression.
December 12th, 2015 4:08pm
when your sad,you just forget your saddest moments within days.while when you are in a depreesed state,you feel like you are alone,emptiness all around,not feeling like talking to anyone,etc.
December 13th, 2015 3:04am
Depression is a constant feeling that you can't shake off, whereas sadness isn't. Sadness can be painful at the moment, but depression is something that really alters your life and is often unbearable.
December 13th, 2015 5:02am
Sad is a feeling. Depression is more a lack of feeling. You're either tearful often or find no point to doing things, though depression can be different for everyone. Depression is more either a constant sadness or a lack of sadness, depending on you
December 13th, 2015 5:19pm
Everyone is sad or down some of the time. But if you find yourself increasingly sad, losing interest in the things you do and more lethargic then you may suffer from depression
December 13th, 2015 7:45pm
It depends how long you've been sad. If its on going you might be depressed and id advise you to talk to a doctor to get evaluated.
December 16th, 2015 1:03pm
You know you are depressed when you have a long periods of sadness, and or irritability. Depression can be diagnosed if it is lasting longer than 2 weeks, although it is frequently associated with lack of interest in other activities.
December 16th, 2015 3:06pm
You feel down, You dont want to /cant smile at the best of events or things. You feel unmotivated to carry out simple tasks.
December 16th, 2015 4:19pm
Well, looking at the different studies on this matter there's no definite line to draw or point at to determine that you're sad or depressed. Depression is normally defined by the time you've felt sad. Depression needs to be treated by a professional. Just to give some kind of timeline, if you feel sad over one particular thing for more then two weeks you should visit the doctor for further guidance. Talk to your friends and family, normally they spot the signs first.
December 16th, 2015 8:43pm
That's a good question. I would encourage you to take a free online depression test that would be a good guide to answer that. Although these tests cannot diagnose anything, it may provide insight into what you're feeling. Ask yourself this: how long have you felt sad? Does this interfere with your daily life? Have you lost your motivation and pleasure in things once enjoyed? Finding out for sure may warrant a visit to a professional.
December 16th, 2015 8:56pm
best thing you can do is go see a doctor about it if you are concerned about it you may just be sad for a little bit then go back to normal but best thing is to go see a doctor
December 17th, 2015 12:42am
RESEARCH !!!!(: that's the best resource we have and normally if you feel like its not getting better and it seems to be getting worse it may be depression especially if its every day and if not it may be sadness.