10 Feb Difference between Depression and Sadness
The term depression has become a clique today. Everyone seems to be “depressed” due to some reason or the other. But are we really depressed or are we just sad and assume it is depression? In this blog, we will list out some symptoms that can help you differentiate between depression and sadness.
What is Sadness?
Sadness is an emotion that is usually triggered by a difficult, hurtful, challenging, or disappointing event, experience, or situation. Everyone experiences sadness in their lives; however, they can easily overcome it and move on once the situation changes.
What is Depression?
According to Medical News Today, “Depression is a mental disorder that has an overpowering effect on many parts of a person’s life. It can occur in people of any gender or age and alters behaviors and attitudes.”
With this, it is clear that though sadness and depression are linked they are not the same. So, how do you know when you are sad and when you are actually depressed? Read on to identify the symptoms.
Symptoms of Depression
- Low energy and tiredness
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Loss of interest in normal day-to-day activities
- Noticeable signs of hopelessness
- Recurring thoughts of death, suicide attempts or plan
Watch this video to know how to control your thoughts and actions.
There has to be a solution to all issues and depression is not inevitable in that case. The trick here is to occupy your mind with thoughts other than the ones that cause you to go into the shell.
As Dr. Hansaji Yogendra says, “when your mind is not in a position to listen then let your body take charge and handle the situation.” What she means is that doing physical activities that help you feel better and release serotonin, which is a happy hormone is the way to handle depression.
Simple Techniques to Control Your Mind
Here are some simple techniques that you can practice every day and get back control over your mind:
- Walking and observing nature
- Playing an instrument
Try these techniques and see your emotions change for the better. Always remember one thing, you are the one in charge of your life and your emotions, don’t let anyone or any situation dictate how you should feel and live.