Sunday, September 21, 2014

Differences between sadness and Depression

Many people think that depression and sadness are the same thing. But there wrong, I always thought they were similar emotion . By reading this article i learn that depression can last a long time and effect your life in a big way. It can always change you're mood and drain you're energy out. You will have trouble in joying the good parts in life. Depression can keep you from concentrating at school you can get distracted easily. And have less motivation everyday that goes by day by day. People with depression have a lot of trouble staying happy. Sometimes it gets to that point that it gets worse that you start to think negative and have to start taking pills and see a therapist twice a week. Sadness in the other hand is less scary and something that happens once in a while. people mostly get sad when they lose a family member or got a bad grade on a test they studied really hard for but eventually get over it. And move on. depression and sadness are two different kind of emotions that you need to look out for because you never know when someone needs your help the most and you don't realize whats going on.

How do you know your depressed or sad?.. 
How do you it's the right time to let it out?
Why do you think people get depression out of know where?
Do you think being sad can lead to depression?


  1. I think this article does a good job at explaining the distinction between depression and sadness. Sadness is normal and temporary, but depression is long-term and much more serious. It may be difficult to identify depression for oneself, but you have to think about how you feel every once and a while. If you find yourself feeling extremely negative, unmotivated, and antisocial for a long period of time you may need to talk to someone and get help. Since depression is a severe form of sadness, I believe that the accumulation of sadness can ultimately lead to depression.

  2. I think this article does explain most everything about sadness and depression. But i think depression is more of a serious issue because it can lead into dangerous things like committing suicide. Sadness is not stronger than depression is because its something that kinda just comes and go. Depression is more of a long term thing. Sadness can lead to depression especially when u have no one to talk to or don't know how to express your feelings.

  3. I agree with both Jenna and Kaila. The article explains the differences between sad and depression very well. If you are feeling sad and negative for an abnormal length of time you could tell that you are depressed and need to see a doctor or psychiatrist. Moreover, if you sense that someone has been talking and thinking negatively a lot or staying away from the crowd all the time(especially if they are usually very energetic and talkative), chances are they are suffering from depression. I learnt from the article that many factors can lead to depression and that pessimistic people are more likely to be depressed, too. I think this is true because an optimistic person could get over sadness more easily, and if sadness does accumulate, they would have less of it to eventually cause depression.

  4. The question I have is how van you tell if you or someone you know is depressed or just sad? Because at first they seem similar and sadness can lead to depression, so what form of sadness is serious and which forms are temporary?

  5. i believe depression is a more serious issue compared to sadness and needs attention from family, friends, and/or therapists depending on the degree of depression. Sadness, in my opinion, is something that can be easily coped with by keeping your mind off stuff or resolving the issue head on. I believe depression branches off of sadness and can not be resolved by just that persons self. if someone is battling depression, trying to cope with it by yourself is not a smart choice.

  6. OK fair warning I'm going to talk a lot because this is something I feel very strongly about/know a lot about.

    First of all, major depression (also called clinical depression) affects daily functioning. It makes it hard for a person to concentrate, make decisions (of any and all kinds); in extreme cases, it can even make moving impossible. Sadness can do this too, but it usually only lasts a few days, and then slowly you begin to get over it. Depression is all-consuming; there is no escaping it, and as time goes on, it usually only gets worse. Unlike sadness, clinical depression has a set group of symptoms the person must exhibit for a certain amount of time to qualify for the diagnosis (much like physical ailments). Sadness is just something everyone feels from time to time, and moves past. Depression isn't that easy.

    The right time to "let it out", really, is any time, but i guess the time when it's most important is if a person is harming themselves or planning to kill themselves over it.

    As for getting depression out of nowhere, it's brain chemistry! I like to use the analogy of type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, a person's pancreas just kind of stops producing insulin, a hormone used to process blood sugars. This is something they cannot control; it can cause a vast array of symptoms, both physical and mental. Depression, and other mental health disorders, are very similar. While there can be a "trigger" that kind of kickstarts depression (like diabetes), it is caused by the body's inability to produce happy hormones such as serotonin. This usually happens in the mid/late teens to early adulthood, but technically it can happen at any time. That's why many people with depression take medication; it helps regulate their hormones and give them the right balance of serotonin.

    Being sad can lead to depression. Like I said, a person can have a "trigger", such as the death of a loved one, bullying, or abuse, that can kickstart sadness and spiral into clinical depression.

  7. I agree with everything Jenna said about the distinctions between sadness and depression. I think it's really important for people to make that distinction because often times people will dismiss depression as sadness and won't do anything about it. Because people associate sadness with something that will pass, it's dangerous to give that label to someone who's actually depressed and needs more help. I also agree with Jenna that depression can be triggered by a moment of sadness but I think it also has to do with the way someone's mind works and their societal influences. Depression is very serious and it's important to help someone you know is depressed.