DEPRESSION…WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

DEPRESSION VS. SADNESS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Sadness:
  • Is a natural response to an emotionally painful experience
  • Naturally resolves over time
  • Does not usually disrupt everyday life in a significant way (i.e. you can continue to do your work, you maintain relationship with family and friends, etc)
  • Does not disrupt your sense of hope for the future
  • Does not lower your self-esteem
  • Does not significantly interfere with sleep, appetite, energy level etc

HOW IS DEPRESSION DIFFERENT FROM GRIEF?

  • Is a natural response to loss
  • Typically resolves over time
  • Does not lower your self-esteem
  • Involves reordering your sense of the world in the face of your loss
  • Involves many different feelings include sadness, hopelessness, anger etc
  • Does not have the same chronicity of symptoms that depression may have

List of Reference

University of Saskatchewan, Understanding Depression and How to Overcome it, Adobe Digital Editions version.

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