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I feel sad a lot, unmotivated, and I often can't stop crying for many hours. But I sleep and eat decently and I also can smile or laugh sometimes. Am I depressed or just sad?

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Anonymous
July 30th, 2016 10:23am
i think you are just sad because if you would be depressed you couldnt laugh or smile and sleeping well or eat decently.
hopefulLight24
August 4th, 2016 6:13pm
Feeling sad so much of the time, unmotivated and crying for many hours continuously are characteristic of depression. Depressed people are not just sad all the time 24/7. Depending on your experience, you may still sleep, eat, smile and laugh.
blissfulSound26
August 4th, 2016 9:57pm
You can just be sad if you experienced a traumatic event. However, if its interfering with your everyday life, there might be a bit more than just sadness. It is always best to consult with a therapist.
Tiffany88
August 5th, 2016 1:51am
There is a wide spectrum of depression. Perhaps you are depressed or perhaps it's the natural progression of feelings throughout your day based on the events that are occurring in your life. If you truly suspect depression ask to be accessed by your doctor. It is a neurological disorder.
Anonymous
August 5th, 2016 11:30pm
being depressed can be shown in different ways. what you're explaining is depression. feeling unmotivated basically gives it away and the crying for many hours. but you wont know. it depends on if you've been constantly feeling this way for 2 weeks or more or not
Anonymous
August 6th, 2016 9:34pm
It's neither depression or sadness. It's a peaceful truce between the heart and the soul that learn how to move forward by each other' assistance.
Anonymous
August 6th, 2016 9:55pm
It's hard to say without a doctor talking to you but you do have the symptoms, just because you laugh and smile doesn't mean it's not a possibility
Anonymous
August 7th, 2016 6:36am
Depression affects different people in different ways. Just because you sleep and eat well doesn't mean you can't have depression. A question you might want to ask yourself is if there is a particular cause you can identify as the cause of your sadness? You may also want to consider talking to a doctor or psychiatrist to be completely sure. If not there are plenty of screening tests that can help you can a better idea!
Anonymous
August 10th, 2016 1:57pm
Feeling overwhelmed with sadness and unmotivated also constant crying is definitely a sign of depression. People with depression still laugh, smile and even enjoy themselves for a small amount of times but unfortunately it will always fall back into the same patterns of sadness, crying and feeling unmotivated. I suggest you see your GP and sit down and have a 1 on 1 about the ways you are feeling. It's better to get it under control before it gets too hard to handle the situations. Take care.
sonofbard
August 12th, 2016 7:18am
Depends on how long this has been going on. If this has been going on for a couple weeks you may be depressed
AngelFace97
August 12th, 2016 8:45am
It sounds more like hormones than depression or sadness.Hormones are present throughout life and are natural.
Anonymous
August 12th, 2016 2:33pm
You are probably sad over something you lost or some experience that hurted you better talk to someone who would listen carefully & try to help you later on you will go back to your normal life whenever it's resolved
LittleLemon96
August 17th, 2016 1:12am
you are mostly sad, there is a certain reason that makes you cry that way, you should just try to dig into the deep you to figure it out so you can solve it. Good luck.
ListeningBunny22
August 19th, 2016 3:37pm
Honestly, I feel this way sometimes, you are not depressed just passing through a sad phase of something you keep recalling.
Anonymous
August 26th, 2016 9:59am
I think you are depressed but not in a serious level of depression. You still can cover it with smile and it just so cool :)
Anonymous
August 26th, 2016 3:51pm
It sounds like you may be depressed. Only you know for sure, of course. Seeking professional counseling could be very beneficial.
peachicus
August 27th, 2016 8:23pm
Generally if you've been feeling like this for over a couple months its likely to be depression, crying for hours at a time does make me think you may need to speak to someone to talk through whats upsetting you.
imheretohelpyouXx
August 31st, 2016 11:24am
I can't answer that exact considering in not a professional,I recommend you maybe get tested by a doctor to know for sure x
EsmeRose
September 1st, 2016 6:35pm
This could very well be depression. As someone who has experienced depression, you learn to hide it from yourself and from others. Although you can smile and laugh, eat, sleep, these are all "in the moment" feelings. However you can overall be depressed. This can be hard to understand and explain but its best seen as depression as it is a continuous cycle.
LovelyKittyCat
September 1st, 2016 9:03pm
This is hard to tell. Seeing a psychiatrist and performing tests to determine whether you have depression is probably the safest route.
baymax2
September 1st, 2016 10:24pm
It's often difficult to self-diagnose, which is why it's important to see a health professional if you feel you may be putting yourself or others at risk. Let's look at this question logically. Let's say that I assert that you are definitely not depressed. Would that change how you feel? No, it probably wouldn't stop you from feeling sad and unmotivated. However, what if I said you were? Would that change how you feel? No, it probably wouldn't either. Having a name to your feelings may provide temporary relief, but it is not something that will fix anything. For this reason, if you need help then I would suggest opening up to those who may be able to provide comfort. Friends and family may be one resource. A professional, however, will always be the most expert source.
RobRH
September 7th, 2016 7:10pm
Many people suffer different levels of depression. Everybody goes through difficult times, it's important to remember how normal this is
Jesse1285
September 8th, 2016 12:16pm
Depression can present in many ways and it will present differently for every person who develops it. The best course of action if you feel these things are impacting you is to see a professional who can help you come up with a plan to deal with these things, or refer you to someone who can help.
CharlieMorningstar
September 9th, 2016 9:12am
There are many different kinds of depression. It can come and go, you can feel perfectly normal a lot of the time. If you're feeling sad and unmotivated and this is a recurring feeling, you should seek help from a counselor or therapist. They'll help you figure out what's best for you.
Ronia
September 10th, 2016 7:59am
try to do something new in your life.like help someone,talk to trusted someone , re plan your life.i think you have alot to do
Anonymous
September 14th, 2016 5:36am
Depression comes in many forms. Just because you're not sad 24/7 doesn't mean you're not depressed.
Riko
September 15th, 2016 10:19am
It depends. Depression is not limited to just decreased appetite or crying. If you feel 'empty' and lonely all the time. Also, if nothing is meaningful for you anymore, plus all this disturbs your daily functioning for 2 or more than 2 weeks then you should seek professional advice.
brigettebee
September 17th, 2016 10:13pm
If you feel sad, it goes away after a day or two and you feel like your normal self again. If you're depressed, the feeling of sadness continues for weeks or even months and it can be accompanied by low self-esteem and energy, difficulty remembering or concentrating on things and suicidal thoughts to name a few
Anonymous
September 23rd, 2016 5:22pm
It is great that you have identified the behavior. It might be a good idea to step back and try identifying anything that might be making you feel this way. Maybe you are stressed because of school or work. Maybe something hasn't been working out the way you wanted it to. If you can't pinpoint anything that is making you feel this way, maybe talk to someone (7cups listeners) and that can help clear things up.
Anonymous
September 28th, 2016 8:35pm
depression feels like empty and numbness, not feeling like doing things you love to do, wanting to sleep all day, wanting to harm your body feeliing worthless