Am I depressed or just sensitive?

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KitesandHappiness
August 25th, 2016 1:18pm
Your feelings are completely valid, no matter what. Depression is where you have prolonged feelings of sadness, sensitivity is a little bit different. It's worth taking our emotional well-being test to discover more about what you are experiencing.
BeyondEmpathy
September 28th, 2016 1:13am
I wonder whether this is in fact an either or moment or whether this is infact something that could be and / or. Maybe because how we feel is indeed unique and how we feel is indeed just that.
2cupsofteaa
September 30th, 2016 9:45pm
If you struggle from depression, you would feel unhappy in everything you do, and lack the motivation to go out and do anything. Basically having depression often times than not disrupt your daily functioning. On the other hand, being sensitive wouldn't.
SympatheticPrune2001
October 27th, 2016 10:19am
Depressed people are at worst usually devoid of feeling, while sensitive people usually have heightened emotions.
luminousCat77
October 30th, 2016 8:37pm
There are a lot of people in the world that will say that people who are depressed are just being overly sensitive. A large difference is that emotional sensitivity has lots of ups and downs where as depression has prescient emotion of sadness of emptiness. If you feel like it is depression I would suggest you contact one of our therapists or a local doctor to get an official diagnosis and/or treatment that could help with those feelings.
uniquecreature41
November 18th, 2016 8:13pm
Sensitive souls can be more prone to depression so it maybe that you are experiencing a bit of both. If you are upset over a recent event in your life, maybe someone has treated you badly then you could argue that you might be a little sensitive. However, if you're experiencing long bouts of feeling upset, maybe crying a lot and feeling endlessly low then perhaps you are experiencing a degree of depression. Seeing a medical professional is an excellent way to help you diagnose your current situation.
ReliantRobin88
December 15th, 2016 6:19pm
Sensitivity is a great characteristic when you can control the emotion. I think depression comes into play when you can't decide when you're being overly sensitive, when you're unable to rationalise your emotions. It's when you can't handle your own reactions that this sensitivity becomes a negative.
Anonymous
December 30th, 2016 8:15am
Being sensitive is when you respond to certain things that you may feel have hurt you. Being depressed is when you respond negatively to everything and all you can feel is the negativity. Sensitivity is when you have a few moments of happiness.
TMIkaalovich
February 15th, 2017 12:03am
There is no either or sometimes. Sensitivity could cause depression, or depression could cause sensitivity. The best way to find out it look at when you are feeling down, see what causes it, and watch how you respond to things. You can find out very easy for yourself.
QueenR
February 22nd, 2017 11:38pm
There are certain areas of being depressed and it actually depends on what you think you're depressed about. Some people would have the courage to stand up for who they are and not let anything put them down whereas some people are always allowing others to make them feel bad about themselves. It depends on your own personality.
Anonymous
February 23rd, 2017 11:50pm
It depends on what you are felling and how often you feel. Changes in emotion are normal. You are not always going to be happy. If you are depressed you will have negative feelings constantly, you might not be able to remember the last time you were happy. Depression could also be being numb to things, not feeling happiness, or sadness. Depression can limit your life, if you find it hard to get out of bed, hard to do everyday tasks or if you cannot do this things because of your emotions/ lack of emotions then your are probably depressed. If you can still manage to do everyday tasks, but it is consistently difficult for you...this is another sign of depression. If you think you are suffering from depressions, seek help, you can talk to the therapists on here, you can talk to a listener and they can refer you to a therapist if they believe that you need to talk to one. I hope this helps.
friendlface99
March 16th, 2017 6:52pm
There are various symptoms of depression, including feeling down or 'blue'. Feeling sensitive can also be a symptom of depression. Alternatively, some people may feel sensitive but not depressed. If you're feeling depressed or down, it's likely you're not 'just sensitive'
peacefulkat
April 5th, 2017 4:47am
Depression is where you have no urge to do anything, eating isn't something you want to do, you don't want to shower or even clean. You want to be alone and you are always sad and crying. You don't want to do things and you lose interest in others and doing things that you used to enjoy. Being sensitive is crying easily, worrying about what is going to happen to you and occasionally being sad. You would be worried about what people think of you, and you don't take it well when someone leaves or hurts you.
Dana13
May 17th, 2017 12:32am
If someone tried to convince you that your depression is just you being overly sensitive then know they are wrong. I know there are so many wars in your head and fights you are fighting that no one knows about. Having feelings and being hurt does not mean you are sensitive. Depression is a mental illness and maybe you should try to seek help to get it identified and know how to overcome it.
Jerome28
June 7th, 2017 2:52pm
Depression is a chronic experience of sadness that can include such things as weight loss/gain, insomnia, fatigue, feeling worthless, inability to concentrate, suicidal ideation, etc. Sensitivity measures how significantly you perceive and therefore experience stimuli. In either case, it's wise to get your symptoms checked out. Sounds like something is affecting you adversely and it can likely be remedied.
SunShineAlwaysGrateful
July 9th, 2017 7:23pm
Depression seems like a big word and a big issue but it can be many small issues which cumulative over time, You can be both both a sensitive person who wears their heart on their sleeves but sometimes when you are so full dealing with all the issues in your life a small issue is a trigger of something far more painful. Depression is far more sad than you have ever known, not finding interest in things you once loved and can interupt your sleep...chronic pain mixed in and you have a perfect storm of where sensitivity chronic pain and depression. the answer is not a straight line! It can be different ......the same or co-dependent on the other.....or different! The message is always in the receiver! How I judge to interpret is my personal view and being unique there will be lots of,responses ...what are yours?
Anonymous
July 14th, 2017 11:38pm
I have first hand experience with depression and with being sensitive, I am thankful to have experienced both, I am stronger for my having to differentiate, my sensitivity was my learned behavior, my being sensitive is part of my true self, it is what connects me to the universe and is my heart connection to my being compassionate to others, when i abandoned myself that is one depression took hold of me, I no longer was caring for myself, I placed others before me, my depression was what saved me, it quited me, I became over focused and panicked, I felt locked in to myself for so many years, exhausted and confused, it was truly like a part of me shut down to preserve, who I was to be, much like a butterfly, in a cocoon, feeling strangled, without a way to move, so I stayed quiet, I loved myself through anger and fear, I forgave myself for carrying the negative of others, i grew my wings, I flew from my depression, a beautiful Monarch...
VanessaGraceStory
August 11th, 2017 9:30pm
Going to a primary care physician and having an appointment set up may help answer the question. Depression consists of a lot of symptoms and maybe some signs. Being sensitive is more of a situational issue.
lyricalSea85
November 9th, 2017 3:34am
In my opinion, there shouldn't be anything called depression. Its just an illusion that our mind creates to describe our situation. I'd put my vote on sensitive.
Anonymous
November 16th, 2017 2:10pm
Normally when you've made the effort to come to a site that is based on depression, i consider it a fact in my mind, even if the other doesn't. I had to be severley depressed even before i considered branching out, and even then, i didn't feel safe signing up. I woukd think it was depression if you've come this far to ask. But of course, it's just my opinion.
CrimsonMoon46
November 19th, 2017 5:50am
You might need to do some soul searching to figure that one out. Either way, following through with some of the suggestions that can help with the symptoms of depression wouldn't hurt. Try scheduling some activities that you enjoy, reach out to friends and family even if it's just to chat/reconnect/touch base. Try reading Self Compassion by Kristen Neff, it really helped me on my journey of self care. I found it at the library, hopefully you have a library you can access easily.
Cupcakeprincess3
November 24th, 2017 4:19am
Sometimes what we feel is something completely bizarre and strange. We may think we are sad when really it’s mofe to it than that. Being sensitive means to be aware of your feelings and others feelings. You can easily detect slight changes to others tone of voice, reactions and so on. You can be sensitive and depressed at the same time. Depression is when you feel extreme sadness and hoplessness. You can be depressed and sad without being sensitive and you can be sensitive and depressed at the same time. How this works is. For example, you may notice others reactions at behaviors at a party and feel like they are talking about you and judging you for how you’re dressed. And you can be depressed at the same time. It depends really.
CoachCicely39
November 27th, 2017 11:48am
It could be both. Depression can make one sensitive and being overly sensitive could make a person depressed especially if it makes others not want to be around them. Or even worse, they don't want to be around themselves.
Petrichor22
December 28th, 2017 2:34pm
Being depressed or sensitive are both acceptable things. Talking to someone can really help. A councilor can be a better option. Getting diagnosed would give you your answer. Don't look at untrustworthy sources to diagnose yourself, they can be faulty. Good luck! You'll be okay eventually Hun. :)
raeprince
January 13th, 2018 2:42pm
You have to understand that depression is a result of many things that have added up; are you feeling empty all of the time and feeling like you simply cannot go on? Or are you just getting upset at small things that are being said.
Joye74
February 23rd, 2018 3:43pm
It's difficult to say it could be both or maybe depression triggers the sensitivity. If you could describe the feeling before being sensitive and afterwards, it will be easier to understand.
SpiritAlchemistAlexandra
April 8th, 2018 2:03pm
In a more modern spiritual understanding of depression, depression is an issue that has to do with a lack of personal connection to Spirit. It can be thought of as a spiritual sensitivity to a lack of connection that one knows should be there but is not. And so in spiritual terms, it is not a mental illness at all but an issue that can only be solved by reuniting the individual with spirit thus reintroducing "magic" into one's life.
Anonymous
April 11th, 2018 5:37pm
A proper diagnosis can definitely help you answer this! Talk to a therapist for their expert opinion
Anonymous
April 14th, 2018 2:39pm
I think the biggest difference is that when you are sensitive you feel more intensely, which means you feel great pain, as well as deep joy.
Anonymous
April 15th, 2018 10:00am
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