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The difference between Sadness and Depression

There are millions of people facing sadness in their day to day life. Sadness is as common as it can happen to anyone at any time. You can be sad multiple times in a day. It's a normal part of human emotion that is natural in everyone.

Is sadness the same for everyone?


Well, sadness can not be the same for everyone. As people are different, their nature and affecting level are different too. Someone can get sad if they don't get their favorite food at lunch. Someone can feel sadness if they get fewer marks in exams. One can get sad if one is missing someone. And one can get sad when they lose a loved one.

According to the situation and emotion of the person, the level of sadness varies. No matter how many times you get sad, it is still considered a healthy part of emotional behavior.

On the other hand, when we talk about depression, it's a completely different phase. We can say, sadness is a part of depression. When a person is in depression, he/she goes through so much pain and a flood of emotions which many a time reaches the very complicated stage. Depression cannot get normal easily and should not be ignored. To do so, everyone should be aware of the difference between sadness and depression.

In this article, let's learn how can you spot the difference if the person is sad or depressed.


With a few moments of silence, reaching out to friends, taking some rest, or just by passing some time sadness can easily go off. Sadness is not something that stays for a longer period and hurts you from inside.

Sadness probably is not a good feeling, but it's not as bad at the same time. When you feel you can heal yourself, and you don't need to run for immediate help then understand that it's just a sadness that happens to everyone. As life keeps on changing, a lot of things eventually changed, this change may affect you, reflecting in sudden sadness.

Career tension, lack of money, missing friends can be some common reasons for sadness in youth. In such a situation, instead of thinking so much, let sadness be with you, feel it, cry out loud, and learn from it. And as soon as you learn, look out for a solution, and you are better to go forward.


A mental condition that overpowers everything happening in your life is called depression. Depression can be experienced at any age and for an unknown time. A long lasting period of sadness and bad feeling can also convert into depression.

Feeling all the negative emotions, feeling of ending life, and avoiding all the positivity are some things that are very common emotions felt by a depressed person.

Many people feel guilty about their depression, and there are even some people who don't know that is actually depressed.

Here are some symptoms by which you can find out if you are depressed:

* If you don't feel happy by hearing any good news.

* If you are sad continuously for more than two weeks.

* If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself.

* If you are struggling with your sleep.

Here are some symptoms by which you can find out if your friend or family member is depressed:

* If you see a continuous change in his/her behavior.

* If the person who used to stay positive and happy suddenly stays quiet and sad.

* If the person avoids meeting you and stays alone.

* If you feel he/she is not taking care of and ignoring his/her health condition.

If you are facing these problems, and you ensure that you are going through depression. You don't need to panic. Like other diseases have a cure, depression can also be treated.

You are not the only one in this race, there are millions of people facing depression and coming out of it.

Here's a list of things that you can do and add to your daily routine which will surely make you feel better. And you will tackle this face in no time.

Stop comparing:

Comparing ourselves to others is a common thing that will ultimately make you feel sad and less worthy. What others have in their life and what they do should not affect you at all. In fact, see what good things you have and enjoy them.

Take part in fun activities:

When you are facing sorrows and feeling like hell, the option to ignore it is to engage yourself in fun activities. Spend time with your friends, child, family. Play games, and move your focus from all your problems.

Prioritize self care:

If you pamper yourself, you will feel fresh and relaxed. Ensure you are taking good care of your personal hygiene and grooming.

Don't hesitate to reach out:

When you are going through a hard phase, your friends and family are the people who will make sure to help you. Reaching out to them and sharing your difficulties can be the best thing you will do for yourself.

Let people in your surrounding know what is going through, discuss the situation, and you instantly will feel some relief by speaking up.

Don't pressurize yourself:

The feeling of depression and sadness may invoke very bad thoughts in your mind. Keeping your mind busy with these things will ultimately create pressure and worsen things. Instead, think of something good and attract your attention to things that keep you calm.

Record your achievements:

Continuous sadness and dark phase may take your attention away from your achievements. But if you try to track all the small and big accomplishments you have done, it will be a moment of happiness. Such good moments even for a short time can make your mood lighter.

You must remember, you are not the only one dealing with it. Give some time to yourself and try doing the above mentioned things. If still, it doesn't work for you, seeing a psychiatrist or taking online counseling will be the best advice I can give you.

Until then, stay happy stay positive!!!

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