Differences between Sadness vs Depression.

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

Negative events like 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 the depression.

The difference is noticed in both the 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 thinks he is a failure, then he is depressed.


Sadness vs Depression-Difference 2

Sadness is not permanent; it lasts after some time. But the person in depression does not get better of 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 the depression. In depression, mood and pleasure are decreased for more than two weeks.


Difference 4

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


Despite some similarities between they are different. Distinguishing between them can help a depressed person get support and treatment he/she need.