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Am I depressed or just sensitive?

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April 21st, 2018 11:11pm
This is something that would actually be hard to decipher, personally I am both, so I am familiar with each spectrum. Being depressed is a very deep feeling of sadness and loneliness in the world, not because of what someone said, but because of how you are feeling your life is going. Typically, sensitivity and depression go hand-in-hand because being sensitive you take things to heart, that could be really hard on your mentality. Sensitivity is how you react towards other's emotions and depression is how you react to your own feelings.
April 27th, 2018 8:08pm
Maybe you are both and it’s totally okey. We all feel depressed and sensitive at times and it more then okey.
May 10th, 2018 3:07am
That is a question only you can answer! With help from a psychologist, therapist, or counselor you will be able to look within yourself and see how you truly feel!
May 26th, 2018 10:39am
It's possible that you may be depressed because you're sensitive, and bad situations easily bring you down. If you feel low constantly, and find that you're isolating yourself from others often, you may be depressed. However, it's always better to check with a therapist/psychologist instead of self-diagnosing. Remember that 7Cups is always here for you to talk more, and that's it's okay to feel as you do about any situation.
June 28th, 2018 11:48am
Well it depends on how you act in the long run. You can be hurt more easily than others true, but it can only really be considered depression if there are lasting effects on your physical and mental health. All of this is hard to measure however so the best way to really tell is through a proper diagnosis.
June 30th, 2018 3:56am
This question, in my opinion, has the potential for quite a lengthy talk if one would want hash it out. Because there is a lot to be said about this from my perspective I will stick to saying that I think it's actually both. Sensitivity and just about any emotion, depression being no exception, go hand in hand. Emotions are sensors just like hot and cold. The thing is... we tend to believe that emotions are imposed ONTO us when they very much belong to us and are trying, lovingly, to guide you. Pain equals "cold," you're off. Positive emotions are "warm," you're on the ball. And therein lies a whole new conversation.
July 8th, 2018 4:35pm
Depression is a label that can cover many emotions and actions. Depression is not just sadness, but you may experience an empty feeling, like you have no purpose. Do you feel sad or empty?
July 25th, 2018 8:32pm
You could be very well both, it depends on how you feel. If you’re feeling lack of interest in daily routines, you quite possibly can be depressed. And I’d suggest asking a doctor or counselor. Being sensitive is more just that you’re a little more emotional to things that people are.
August 2nd, 2018 6:24pm
That would depend on how your feeling, and symptoms you are having. The best way to find out is to speak with a trained professional.
August 11th, 2018 2:18am
Being sensitive can cause you to feel sadness for those around you or even yourself. Just remember these feelings of negativity are temporary and you have the power to lead yourself emotionally in another direction.
August 12th, 2018 6:33pm
Depressed and sensitive are two different completely things . If you are sensitive , you just have a very soft heart and take things to heart . There is nothing wrong with that . But being depressed is being down and feeling sorry for yourself .
September 14th, 2018 4:34pm
People with depression exhibit certain symptoms, such as constant tiredness, weight loss/gain, etc. If you are unhappy a majority of the time, rather than in reaction to what other people do/say or stressful situations, than yes, you might be depressed. If you are concerned that you may be depressed, you could talk to an adult, such as a parent or a school counselor. There are also many online assessments that can help determine whether you might have it. I would also recommend the help of a therapist. They can help figure out the source of the problem, even if you aren’t depressed. Best of luck!
October 10th, 2018 3:32am
I think the honest answer to this question is you are depressed. I know that when I was told that "you are being sensitive", it was by people who didn't understand actually what I was going through, and it made them uncomfortable to see an honest, spontaneous emotion, like sadness, fear, grief or guilt. You are not alone because many, many people go through this type of invalidation, which is a type of abuse, and no abuse is mild in comparison to another. This is only my opinion. In other words, the original emotion, perhaps, is sadness, whereas what others are telling you is that you're sensitive.
November 23rd, 2018 10:07pm
First, depression is not the same thing as feeling sadness or being sensitive. Depression involves a set of feelings that isn't dependent on any particular thing but instead it is an ongoing abnormal emotional state that effects thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It can be overwhelming and can impact perceptions as if there is an unhappy screen or filter through which everything is experienced. Being sensitive, on the other hand, is when one is easily influenced by others' emotions. It would take some judgment to determine if the sensitive person was being empathetic and compassionate which, of course, is healthy. Or, if they were unable to stay grounded and lost their ability to differentiate between their own personal challenges and that of others and if they lost the ability to cope effectively, that would be unhealthy.
December 6th, 2018 11:36pm
It depends. Being sensitive can mean that you are just upset over something. However depression isnt just being upset over something. There are a lot of other symptoms.
December 27th, 2018 6:29am
Depressed refers feeling sadness. Being sensitive refers to experiencing situations on a deep level. One can be depressed or sensitive or even both. Perhaps you are talking about taking things other people say personally. This can be both good and bad depending on if what is being said is accurate or not. Communication with others is not always easy. Listen but also evaluate what is being said for accuracy. If accurate, take to heart. If inaccurate, have the courage to disagree. If we accept false statements about ourselves as true without challenging them, this will likely lead to sadness. So, be kind to yourself and have the courage to listen and act.
January 19th, 2019 1:08pm
Often times, depression and sensitivity go hand in hand. It's like a bruise. If someone taps you on the leg, it wouldn't typically hurt, but if you already had a bruise there, it would. I can't tell you if you're depressed or not, but if you think you might have depression, I would suggest speaking to a doctor or therapist, if that's possible. If it's not, then there's no way to get a definitive diagnosis, but if how you feel is deeply affecting your life and daily functioning, it very much could be depression or another mental disorder. Once again, only a professional can diagnose you. There's also nothing wrong with being sensitive. I want you to keep that in mind. Sensitivity can feel like a curse, but it can also be a gift.
March 15th, 2019 6:18pm
Both or neither can be true. My understanding is that Depression is a cluster of symptoms not a single trait. If you're wondering whether you suffer from Depression, examine whether present with symptoms consistent with the clinical definition and if so, does it significantly impact your life in a negative way. Being sensitive can mean you're just very in touch with your emotions it doesn't have to mean you have trouble regulating them. If you're asking this question because one or more people in your life have given you a label, don't feel compelled to accept it a defining trait. It may be partially true, it may be true sometimes. Can't it also be true that people use this label to evade the consequences of how they treat you?
April 12th, 2019 2:17pm
Hi there and thank you for your question. I don't know what the situation is exactly and why you are wondering about this. I have no information to be able to tell if you are sensitive or what kind of sensitivity you are talking about. But I can point you towards the DSM-5 if you would like an "objective" set of criteria you can measure yourself agains. The DSM is what they call the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. They say the following: "The individual must be experiencing five or more symptoms during the same 2-week period and at least one of the symptoms should be either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure. 1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day. 2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day. 3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. 4. A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down). 5. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day. 6. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day. 7. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day. 8. Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide. To receive a diagnosis of depression, these symptoms must cause the individual clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The symptoms must also not be a result of substance abuse or another medical condition." Remember that a diagnosis is usually made by a trained professional, but that criteria should give you an idea. If you are still wondering about sensitivity, you can maybe Google the Highly Sensitive Person (of HSP). Elaine Aron was the first person who did research about it. She found that about 20% of the population see themselves as HSP. Highly sensitive people are more bothered by things like light, noise and violence on TV than other people. So, maybe you can have a look at that if you are still wondering. Good luck on your journey and please remember to take good care of yourself whether you are depressed or sensitive or neither.
April 27th, 2019 6:42am
Sensitivity can be a blessing but in a world that is harsh it can feel like we are skinless. When we expect life not to hurt but it keeps on hurting anyway we can often feel powerless and this can lead to anger that is often turned inward. We can then experience depression. The key is to practice accepting rather than avoiding our emotions and learning to be comfortable with all of them. See them as a visitor passing through, not as you and not as permanent. You are stronger than your thoughts tell you are. Your mind often lies have you noticed? Learning to accept rather than avoid your emotions can be googled under emotional tolerance. Youtube videos can be a good source of learning how to do it. And pratice is a must. Depression is just a label and you dont have to fit yourself into the box of it!
July 25th, 2019 12:19pm
It depends on symptoms. Symptoms of depression are extreme sadness, hopelessness, loss of motivation, everything becomes hard for you, you can no longer experience joy, anhedonia, lose interest in socializing, feel lonely (it means unheard, not understood, therefore not necessarily alone). If you are sensitive, you can experience many of the emotions (including those which aren't diagnostic for depression - envy, jealousy, anger, dissapointment, fear, etc) when something triggering happens but you don't necessarily lose hope, motivation and possibility to enjoy life and have fun, you also don't necessarily lose interest in socializing. If you have got depression, you need professional help, but if you are just sensitive, you don't necessarily need professional help.
August 2nd, 2019 9:06am
Depression tends to lead to actual symptoms of exhaustion, lack of motivation, lack of interest in regular life activities. When you are sensitive, emotional things tend to hit you a little harder and you might be sad, angry, upset. However, as a sensitive person you do not lose the motivation or energy to make changes happen. You simply feel things a little deeper. Depression doesn't just effect our emotions, it robs us of our willpower to do anything about what we feel. It makes us numb in ways that sensitivity does not - and leads to hopelessness and loss of caring about things.
August 22nd, 2019 5:53pm
I used to believe I was just a "drama queen" as people I know would put it. It took me years to realize that my feelings are valid and not something I just use to get attention. You should know that there are people who are willing to talk to you, who understand what you are going through. I believe that depression stems from sensitivity. It's difficult to have so many feelings at once and can become overwhelming. Personally, I know the difference between me having normal feelings and being sensitive to things, and when my depression is the cause of these feelings.
August 29th, 2019 1:38am
To my knowledge, depressed people are extremely sensitive. They are highly sensitive to negativity, negative thoughts and negative outcomes. They tend to see everything negatively and their brain always tend to pay more attention to negative information. They tend to process information negatively too - which is why its not just a purely 'mental' condition, there are biological reasons to why someone feels 'depressed'. One way to see if you are depressed or just sensitive is to see if you collect, process or see things in a 'negative' way. Example: When someone tells me something 'mean'. Here is what my thought process looks like: Is there any any truth to this statement? a. Yes. Okay, then I should try to improve myself. b. No. Then I will determine what type of reaction would be appropriate for this person and react accordingly. I will not feel sad, sensitive or impulsive in either of these cases. A depressed person will CONSISTENTLY see, think and feel negatively about this remark but tend to not take any actions to change either their internal or the external issues regarding it. A sensitive person that isn't depressed on the other hand will tend to react impulsively to such remarks but will not keep ruminating about it. In my opinion, I think that this a good way to differentiate whether you are depressed or just sensitive.
September 4th, 2019 7:50am
Depending on your symptoms, depression is possible. If you’re experiencing many of the symptoms of depression over a period of two weeks, then it is likely that you are suffering from depression. Examples of some of the symptoms include feelings of hopelessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, thoughts of death, guilt, loss of energy... etc. It is also possible that in addition to depression, you are a highly sensitive person (HSP). HSPs are highly compassionate, introspective and intelligent. They experience their emotions very intensely, which can be overwhelming. It can be easy to get lost in the world’s misery which is what makes HSPs susceptible to anxiety and depression.
September 8th, 2019 6:15pm
a lot of people get confused when they're sad, lots of people assume they're depressed when they're not, or the other way around. It is important to understand exactly how you are feeling to improve your mental health. There are lots of people who are struggling with academics and work due to this problem. the thing with being depressed is that it is constant and long lasting, and very life impacting at times. sensitive people tend to take words to heart and think about it a lot, which is a common symptom of depression, but sensitivity is easier to deal with. labeling your emotions and mental state is very important.
October 17th, 2019 5:53pm
Hard to say without knowing more. But you could be either one or both. I think that if you want to separate "being sensitive" from "being in a depression", I would try to determine is there an external factor that you are being sensitive to. Then ask "if this situation was removed, would my low mood be gone?" If you answer yes, that would likely be just being sensitive. However, if you think there is a low mood you wouldn't be able to shake, then that would likely be a good sign you are dealing with depression. Now, it isn't always easy to mentally separate the situation (or multiple situations) adequately to determine wether you are dealing with depression as well. Also, ongoing environmental factors can also be a contributing factor to the onset of depression or a depressive episode. So if you cannot confidently assess it, I would strongly recommend contacting your doctor and having them refer you to a mental health professional who can help sort that out with you, and plan a future course of action of things that might help. Even if you aren't clinically depressed, you will likely gain some tools to help your general mental wellness.
October 24th, 2019 5:03am
I feel like being depressed is when you just can't get out of that constant sadness, you just can't do anything else, you feel lost, constantly. However, being just sensitive changes all the time. A lot of factors can determine whether you are being sensitive or not, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, maybe you are on that time or the month, maybe you are not eating well, etc. But depression is way deeper than that, depression consumes you, is like a monster living in your head, it's really hard to overcome on your own, and that's why you need help, from friends, family, or therapy.
November 2nd, 2019 11:03pm
I personally am not trained to give an answer to whether you are depressed or not. However, I am sorry you feel this way and advise you talk to someone close to you and maybe see a doctor. But if you want to talk anonymously to me or any other member here no one will judge you and we will all listen, however, we are under code and can not give you advise in case it turns out to worsen the situation, but everyone here is happy to talk. Once again I am sorry you feel this way and hope you feel better soon!
November 23rd, 2019 10:23am
Depends, it may or could be both. Signs of depression are things like losing interest in things you'd normally love doing, feeling sad constantly or being easily irritable while signs of sensitivity are different. A sign of sensitivity is not liking the cold hard truth of things people tell you are you can also be easily irritable due to the fact of hearing what you didn't want to hear. Sensitivity also causes anger in some and could possibly develop mood swings. The difference between sensitivity and depression is kinda thick and there are plenty differences but if you just don't like hearing the cold hard truth from others, you are probably just really sensitive.