Common Sadness and Depression Are Different, Here Are 6 Signs – Sad is a natural part of emotions in humans. But what was thought to be just plain sadness, can actually be a sign of depression.

“Sadness is a feeling and depression is a disease,” counselor Julienne B. Derichs, LCPC told Bustle.

Sadness is generally temporary whereas depression can affect your life, energy levels, and so on.

“If someone experiences these symptoms almost every day for more than two weeks, they are strongly encouraged to seek depression counseling and treatment,” he added.

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Launch from Bustle Here are some signs that your sadness is a form of depression, including:

1. Not Triggered By Something External

When life upsets you. like getting into a fight with a friend or even just a bad day at work, you might feel sad.

“It’s normal to experience grief when you are faced with a situation that makes you disappointed,” psychotherapist and mental health expert Marline Francois, LCSW told Bustle.

Meanwhile depression can appear by itself without any external cause. If you can describe why you feel sad, it is likely that it is a standard reaction to the situation, not depression.

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2. Feeling Unable to Handle It

When depressed, your emotions may feel overwhelming. “Sadness can cause mood swings, but depression can cause psychological distress,” says Francois.

“Sadness is just one symptom of depression, but depression will affect your emotional well-being,” he added.

3. Difficulty Completing Work

When you’re sad, you can still take care of your daily work. “Sadness doesn’t get in the way of life’s duties and obligations,” says Derichs.

“Depression blocks normal daily activities and usually causes changes in sleep, appetite, energy levels and mood,” he added.

4. Self-isolation

When natural sadness hits, you may still want to meet friends and family even if you feel a little sad. Meanwhile, Derichs said depression often causes people to isolate themselves.

5. Sadness will not go away on its own

Depression will not take emotional distress and sadness on its own. According to American Psychiatric AssociationFeelings of sadness or a bad mood that lasts for two weeks are likely signs of depression.

Depression illustration (shutterstock)

6. Unable to Focus

A study published in 2020 in Progress in Neuro-Pharmacology & Biological Psychiatry found that people with depression tend to ruminate or think about their depression over and over again. This is because the brain’s attention networks are affected by their disease.

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