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Am I depressed or just sensitive?

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Last Updated: 11/19/2021 at 5:18am
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March 4th, 2020 11:12am
In my own experience, I know that I’m a very sensitive girl. Anything good can easily make me feel extremely happy and nearly anything bad could easily ruin my day and make me extremely low and cry. So going through a consistent hard period of time where most of the things around me aren’t going too well would easily fuel my emotions intensity and FEEL depressed nearly everyday, so it’s not necessarily clinical depression! I know that I’m normally a very happy and a cheerful positive person and I know what I like and love what I do. But going through a very rough time can push away your real personality as the stress of the surroundings and the state of where you are and what’s happening can hurt you deeply and make you feel so down unlike what your real personality is and how you truly are, in which it will make it easy to question whether if you have real clinical depression. Hope I helped!
March 27th, 2020 8:53pm
Depression is not only about getting sad at times when things don’t work out or being down because something happened that you didn’t wish for. My point is getting sad is not what depression is about. It has various symptoms such as fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite or over eating, not wanting to get out of bed, feeling of being hopeless, loss of interest in activities which were once interesting, feeling lonely or empty inside like you have a void. These are symptoms of depression. If you have a lot of these symptoms or most of them or all of them then you have depression but if you have only some then maybe you don’t so I suggest check out the symptoms
April 23rd, 2020 5:51pm
We are humans, and it is the most human thing to have emotional responses to what happens around us. Do not invalidate your feelings because if they are there, that is all that matters. Suppressing them will not solve your bad feelings, trying to deal with them while giving yourself love and validation all along the journey will. If you think about asking someone for help or for listening, then ask for it. You do not have to be medically diagnosed with depression to ask for help. Feeling a bit down happens to everyone, and being sensitive is far better than being insensitive anyway.
May 15th, 2020 8:44pm
This is a question I find that people ask themselves a lot, including myself in the past. I genuinely do not believe that someone is "just sensitive". Every single person processes their emotions differently, and that's completely okay! I don't think that its either one or the other, some people just experience emotions more heavily than others. At the same time though, that can be a symptom of depression, and if you think its a possibility that you have depression, or that your reactions are too heavy, i would recommend speaking to a professional. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeing a therapist, especially when its for your own well being. I hope that this helps some.
June 13th, 2020 2:20am
It could be both, or your depression caused you to be more sensitive. Think back to when either of them started. To your best memory which started first? When did you start thinking you were sensitive or do you recognize moments in your life before you were depressed where you thought you were sensitive? If there was a turning point in your life where you suddenly became depressed, there is a good chance your depression and sensitivity don't have that much to do with each other. Either way, it's okay to be sensitive and if you're depressed, you're depressed.
July 29th, 2020 8:22pm
The first step would be look at this question without judgement. If you are depressed or sensitive, it is ok to be one or the other. It is about accepting that it might be one of them or even none depending on what the situation is. Depression is looking more onto your mental health and how you are processing feelings/situations. Being sensitive is acknowledging that you are feeling vulnerable and the situation has affected you emotionally. Either one is ok. The second step you can do is to reflect on the situation when you are calm and without judgement. What happened? How did it make you feel? Has this happened before? Is there a cycle in your behaviour that you are noticing? When you begin reflecting and looking within by asking these questions when you feel safe, see what comes up. That will help you decide what to do next. You should always know that whatever result you come with, it is ok to being either one of them.
August 21st, 2020 2:33am
Depending on other symptoms, you could be clinically depressed. If you have been experiencing many of the following symptoms for two or more weeks, you may have a major depressive disorder. A persistent feeling of sorrow, hopelessness, or despair, Difficulty concentrating; mental fog, Loss of interest in enjoyable activities Loss of energy; chronic fatigue, Noticeable increase or decrease in appetite, Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much), Thoughts of death or hurting oneself; self-harm (cutting, burning, etc.) Anxiety, Feelings of guilt, Irritability. And if you do it is best recommended to visit a doctor. In addition to having depression, it could be that you are a Highly sensitive person. (HSPs) are highly compassionate, creative, introspective, and intelligent, and they experience their emotions very intensely. They often have a strong concern for humanity, and they usually have some creative talent (art, writing, music). Unfortunately, HSPs are susceptible to existential depression and anxiety due to the fact that they are such deep thinkers, and they often feel overwhelmed by the world in general. Regardless, I hope this helps a little. Feel better! :)
September 4th, 2020 11:17pm
I think that it's possible to be both and/or just one or the other. At what times do you feel depressed/under what circumstances? When you are feeling sensitive does it feel the same of different? Can you give me a few examples of how you feeling inside? Are there times of the day or certain situations which make you feel sensitive/depressed? I think if you ask yourself some helpful questions you may get some insight into what you are feeling. Being sensitive has its positive qualities, it might mean you care a lot about other people and things more deeply that other people do.
September 5th, 2020 7:52am
Okay, so having actual depression and being sensitive are kinda two separate things. If we are thinking about depression, we shall pay attention to the following sympthoms: 1) depressive mood throughout the day (feeling down, empty, hopeless ect.), 2) lack of motivation, you cease to enjoy the activities you used to enjoy, 3) losing or gaining weight, therefore eating way less or way more, 4) unability to sleep, or oversleeping, 5) extreme tiredness, physical weakness, 6) decreased ability to focus and concentrate, 7) thoughts concentrated around death, suicide. These are the signs that could be an alarm for having major depression. I think being sensitive is another thing, the way we react to things does differ heavily.
September 5th, 2020 3:50pm
This is a great question! For you to be depressed you would have to be experiencing symptoms of depression. These vary from person to person, but here are some common ones.continuous low mood or sadness feeling hopeless and helpless having low self-esteem moving or speaking more slowly than usual changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased) constipation unexplained aches and pains lack of energy low sex drive (loss of libido) changes to your menstrual cycle disturbed sleep – for example, finding it difficult to fall asleep at night or waking up very early in the morning feeling tearful feeling guilt-ridden feeling irritable and intolerant of others having no motivation or interest in things finding it difficult to make decisions not getting any enjoyment out of life feeling anxious or worried having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities neglecting your hobbies and interests having difficulties in your home, work or family life To find out if you have depression you can use the above list as a guide, if you think you may have depression you must seek a diagnosis from a medical professional. I hope this helps answer your question, please connect with a listener if you need more guidance! -Emi
September 25th, 2020 10:21am
Depressed or just sensitive ? Well ..honestly I think this question if directed to you will need to know exactly how you feel Being depressed is like feeling empty , like falling into a void that swallows all your motivation , zeal , interests even your personality the deeper you get the more your lost in a never ending sadness .its not a very nice experience But being sensitive is like a passages to depression . How to put it ..when your sensitive your emotions are heightened and almost everything moves you , you feel insecure and panic over unnecessary things if not controlled you fall into depression . they are not the same thing but can give quite drastic results I can't tell what's wrong with you but with this you can understand your feelings better ..hope I helped 🙂
October 25th, 2020 9:30pm
You are having trouble figuring out if you have depression or if you are sensitive to situations that invoke strong emotion in you. Is this correct? What are some of the things that make you ask yourself this question? It sounds like you are going through some things that are invoking strong emotions, such as sadness and grief, is that accurate? I can assure you that what you are feeling is normal. We all have felt this way. I have asked myself this same question, many times, as I'm sure you have. Your emotions are nothing to be ashamed of. They are normal, and they are valid.
October 28th, 2020 6:55pm
It is sometimes hard to know whether we are depressed or just sensitive to the circumstances around us. The world is a difficult place, and being sensitive to that can have us feeling down sometimes. However, depression is more than just feeling down sometimes. Depression is a mental health condition that is able to be identified and diagnosed. This means depression has specific characteristics that medical professionals and mental health professionals are trained to assess and look for. If your feelings are persistent or are having a significant impact on your day to day life, it is important to seek professional help. Professional help will enable you to determine, or have determined for you, whether you are experiencing depression or general sensitivity.
November 4th, 2020 2:42pm
I have learned that being depressed is something that is something that is deep within and something that comes randomly. Being depressed most times doesn't have a cause is just a feeling of waves that overcomes you. When you are depressed you are not being sensitive there are things that can affect someone more harshly than others. People who do not understand tend to call people sensitive when they have never experienced depression themselves. Why are you sad? What caused you to be sad? Why don't you want to have fun with us? All those questions will be asked and you will not have an answer and that's okay.
December 3rd, 2020 7:21pm
You could be both I know I though I was sensitive until I went to the doctor and learned that I was depressed from everything that was going on around. Without having any friends. Having family issues. It was causing me stress. School was depression because there was no friends. So everyday I had to go to school knowing I have no friends. School overwhelms me with assigments that's why I ask for extensions. I believe in myself that I can recover it is hard but worth it. I'm here for myself and others to help with struggle and life.
February 21st, 2021 1:16am
To start, only a licensed professional can diagnosis depression. But depression comes with a handful of other symptoms. Fatigue, eating in excess or not enough, trouble with sleep, low moods, lack of motivation, etc. There are different diagnoses with depression and they all vary in symptoms and intensity. (Though all are valid) Discussing with a dr is the best thing to do. Sensitivity may just be getting your feelings hurt when things weren’t meant to be about you. Or internalizing hurt which can in turn be harmful for you well-being. But In either case talking with a therapist could help you. Being able to talk through something is super beneficial.
March 13th, 2021 5:00am
You can be both. Either ways nothing is bad in being sensitive or even depressed. It just shows how human you are. We are bound to feel! Figuring out initially can be tough but once you start recognising patterns you will overcome the first step of recovery :) that is acknowledging your moves. The second is seeking help of needed. Or we can even seek help to identify whether we have a mental illness/disorder or not if needed. On the other hand talking about being sensitive, it just means you're more in touch with your emotions than others which is completely okay. I understand, sometimes it can feel overwhelming to be sensitive. Hope this answer helps you
April 7th, 2021 7:08pm
Clinical depression is described with psychological and physical symptoms of a mental disorder. Common symptoms of depression include: - apathy, even for things the person once did enjoy - extreme lack of energy, fatigue - low moods, more negative feelings - comes in episodes of feeling depressed and then a period of feeling better (depression ≠ unhappiness, depression is an episodic mental illness and unhappiness is a lack of purpose or responsibility in life) - more easily irritated or agitated - changes in appetite and weight - difficulty concentrating - active impairment, can't perform daily tasks that would be considered easy 'easily' during episodes e.g. doing laundry or getting out of bed. Being sensitive could also have a lot of reasons. — are you really sensitive or were you mistreated and didn't set boundaries? — are there environmental factors that are weighing you down? (Are you stressed out?) — do you have mental disorders? Have you been diagnosed? Do you take medication? — do you take care of yourself? — are you an emotional sponge and super empathetic? Are you trying to save the world without taking care of yourself? Etc. There are a lot of questions to be asked here, I can't give an easy answer unfortunately. I do highly recommend you to talk to a professional and get diagnosed for depression to be sure if you do or dont have it. You can't be diagnosed over the internet. I understand that's not possible for everyone—but of course, it's worth saying!
April 11th, 2021 10:15am
I can't really answer that. For a real diagnosis you have to go see a professional and talk to him or her about that. If you want an indication, you can also do some tests you find on the internet, but please remember those aren't diagnosises and don't have to be correct. But even if you don't have depression, you can see a professional. You don't see a therapist because you have depression, you see him because you're feeling unwell. You don't have to have a specific mental illness to see a doctor and there are some people out there too that are perfectly fine with their mental conditions. And what should we do? If they don't harm themselves or others, it's their choice. Want I want to say, is, you don't have to know if you're depressed or not. You just have to know if you're feeling unwell or not. If you want to change anything, you can always see a professional for that. I wish you best of luck!
July 14th, 2021 7:31pm
This is a really interesting question and I think this experience is more common than we typically think. Sensitivity is reactive to the environment (also, sensitivity is not a bad thing as many imply it to be). It's hyperemotionality as a result of seeing or hearing something. Depression, has more to do with energy. It can make you more sensitive, but it's also emotional numbness, lack of energy, inability to focus or efficiently function. Depression feels very physical as well, it's not just crying or sensitivity. To put it simply, depression is far more consuming of your whole life.
October 22nd, 2021 3:52am
Being sensitive is likely an emotional feeling. Depression is emotionally and physically draining. You don't want to get out of bed, you are tired all the time, you can't concentrate, you are overwhelmed with guilt, and you no longer find joy in the things that used to make you happy. Although I am not saying this as a way to make a "sensitive" person feel as though their thoughts and feelings aren't valid, I do intend this to draw a line between the two. If you are concerned that you may be depressed, talk to a professional. Being sensitive may make you want to go to therapy; if you're depressed you should go to therapy or seek the help of a trusted medical professional.
November 19th, 2021 5:18am
I am glad that you reached out, so let's discuss this. Sensitivity is different from depression when it comes to core traits. Those who are sensitive may not be depressed, they may simply just be a little more effected by the outside world and that's it. Depression has more variables to it, such as anger, lethargy, sadness, etc. Depression may also come and go, and be on a spectrum from mild to severe. A sensitive person, on the other hand, may simply just not like the way something was said or done. Sensitivity is more attuned to reacting to the outside world and depression is deeper and internalized.