When you've been feeling down for a while, how can you tell if its depression or just the blues?
Last Updated: 05/21/2018 at 10:36pm
Collin McShirley, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
I love helping people overcome challenges with food, depression, and anxiety. My work with clients is nonjudgement, supportive, and kind.
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Depression is a constant feeling that is always in the background, never goes away. It doesn’t only come around when something bad has happened. Even when you’re happy, if you’re depressed you still have that emptiness, that sadness in the back of your mind.
The symptoms of depression are persistent and can easily be found on the Internet. If in any doubt see your health provider for an assessment.
We can all get the blues sometimes. It is normal. If your sadness is affecting your work, daily life, and/or relationships in your life, possibly reflect upon whether it could be more than sadness, possibly depression. We are not doctors here and cannot diagnose, however, reflecting upon this may help you to tell the difference. I hope this is helpful and best wishes to you in your recovery.
Typically depression lasts a longer duration. It really depends though from person to person since we all react to life differently.
I usually judge this by trying to notice if the feelings are interfering with my daily activities. If I am sleeping too much and not getting things done around the house, that is a good sign for me personally. I also try to notice my level of irritability with things I enjoy... like if my dogs are bugging me when they want to cuddle, I know it may be my depression.
I know I'm just feeling the blues when I just generally feeling down but life still continues as usual. I still go to work and still do my college homework, but I'm just not necessarily feeling chipper and happy while doing so. I know it's depression when I can't get out of bed to do the things I typically do in a day. If I can't go to work or can't do homework or can't go to a concert or sporting event that I've been planing for months, then I know it's definitely depression.
If its over a long period of time and you seem to be having some thoughts you realise are harmful to yourself it may be a good idea to seek professional help.
write 3 rason why you like your life.. if you dont have when it is depression and you should she a doctor
There is differences between depression and just feeling down, perhaps talking to someone or talking to someone professionally.
there's a difference between depression and feeling down, depression is something that is constant until you help it, felling down can be because of some events that happened but it'll pass if you felt that this feeling stayed with you for a long time talk to someone, i recommend talking to a doctor
Reach out to them and try sharing what you feel. Talk to those friends that are really close to you, and well trusted. i'm sure they will listen and understand you. I get it hat it'll take a lot of courage from you to do so, because you are afraid of being rejected or will get judge. But take that first step and i'm sure you will get better.
Usually you can tell by how long it lasts there may be symptoms. You could ask what the origin might be.
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of depression and for longer than 2 weeks, consider talking to a professional. The symptoms of depression can include: -Increased/decreased/broken sleeping -Increased/decreased appetite -Feeling hopeless, helpless and pessimistic -Thoughts of suicide or self harm And so on. Everyone experiences depression differently.
Depression wont go away by itself, even if you do things that usually cheer you up, you still feel like something is out of the place. If you are experiencing this sad feeling for linger than usual, and for no apparent reason, it's time to ask for medical help.
The blues usually last between 1-2 weeks, anything longer than that can be considered true depression. A lack of sleep and or motivation, inspiration, hope and melancholy is a sign of depression.
Depression with lurk on you and will stay their with you. It will make you feel worthless and hopeless like you dont have anybody.
When depressed, you feel useless and like nothing will go right. With the blues, you feel sad.
If it's depression it will last over a week but if it's just the blues it will last less then a week
If you've been down for a while, the best way to tell if it's depression or just the blues is by speaking to a psychologist/therapist/ your doctor.
Clinical depression is characterized by many things, not just feeling down. Talk to your doctor or a counselor or even your parents to see if there is further action you can take to feeling better if you have seen the symptoms of depression on a trusted medical website and think that it may be depression.
You can the difference if the feeling of sadness lasts longer after that while. If you don't feel that way then after a week+ you do, it could be bipolar disorder. Just be careful when self diagnosing because it could be too soon, always talk to a professional about how you feel.
With the blues, you can believe it will get better. With depression you tend to not be able to see the light at the and of the tunnel and become hopeless. The blues can become depression, so be careful.
if you are feeling empty, lonely in a crowd and sad all the time then it might be depression. seek help from a therapist
If you are being feeling down for a while you can tell if it's depression or just in the blues by seeing if it goes for more than a day that you are sad if you feel sad every day than it may lean more toward depression if it's only sad for one day for a certain period and okay the next da than it's just you're under the blues.
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