The Difference between Sadness and Depression

Posted on October 3, 2015

Photo: flickr

Because we associate depression with its primary symptom of pervasive sadness, many of us struggle to tell the difference between these two common psychological states. And that is a huge problem.

Sadness is a normal human emotion, one we’ve all experienced in our lives and will experience again. Sadness is usually triggered by a difficult, hurtful, challenging, or disappointing event, experience, or a situation. As the situation or event changes, the experience of sadness also fades away.

Depression, however, is an abnormal emotional state, a mental illness that affects our thinking, our emotions, our perceptions and our behaviors in pervasive and chronic ways. Depression often occurs in the absence of any triggers.

It is absolutely crucial that we can recognize this distinction, as recognizing if we (or a loved one) are depressed has huge implications for our long-term mental health, physical health and even for our longevity.


Source material from Psychology Today

Mental Health News

  • 6 Signs of a Codependent Relationship

    newsthumbCodependency can be recognised when two people with dysfunctional traits become worse together. The biggest issue is the belief by one or both ...

  • ODD and the Rebellious Child

    newsthumbOppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), while exhibiting symptoms that sound very much like a typical rebellious child's behavior, is a disorder that ...

  • New insights into lifetime personality chages

    newsthumbPersonality changes have been a hot topic, not only among academics but also sparks the curiosity of the layman, evident by the myriad of personality ...