Difference Between Sadness And Depression

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Synopsis

Despite some similarities between sadness and depression, they are distinct. Knowing the differences between the both can enable a depressed person to get the support and treatment he/she needs.

There is a difference Between Sadness And Depression.

Everyone’s life is a story full of happy and sad events. It is evident that everyone enjoys happy moments. However, People behave differently in sad circumstances due to the difference in their perspectives toward life.

Adverse events like the loss of a person, property, job or any relation, natural calamities, accidents etc. are the causes of sadness. It is normal to develop feelings of sadness or grief and withdrawal from activities in response to such situations. But being sad is not the same as being in a depression. Hence, One must know the comparison between sadness vs depression.

There are a few differences in both situations-

Sadness vs. Depression-Difference 1

Sadness does not result in negative thinking whereas depression is the outcome of negative thinking.

Suppose a student fails in a competitive examination. It is normal to feel sad for some time. However, if he thinks that he will never pass and considers himself a failure, then indeed he is depressed.

 

Sadness vs Depression-Difference 2

Sadness is not permanent; it lasts for some time.

However, the person in depression does not get better on his own. He/she needs treatment to feel better, and if left untreated for a long duration, the situation gets worse.

 

Sadness vs Depression-Difference 3

In sadness, painful feelings come often mixed with positive memories whereas it does not occur in depression.

The people who suffer from depression feel low and sad for over two weeks after the event.

 

Sadness vs Depression-Difference 4

In sadness, self-esteem is usually maintained, however, in depression; feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing are common.

 

Despite some similarities between sadness and depression, they are distinct. Knowing the differences between the both can enable a depressed person to get the support and treatment he/she needs.

 

 

 

 

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Anshu Shrivastava

Anshu Shrivastava

Hi, my name is Anshu Shrivastava, founder of parentingbyanshu.com. I write blogs on various topics of parenting on this website. I aim to provide parenting tips, especially for the parents of teenagers and College Students.

Anshu Shrivastava

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Hi, my name is Anshu Shrivastava, founder of parentingbyanshu.com. I write blogs on various topics of parenting on this website. I aim to provide parenting tips, especially for the parents of teenagers and College Students.

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