Could Sadness actually be Depression?

Here are common signs of depression

Is there a difference between sadness and depression?

The emotional state of sadness is a part of the human experience. We’ve all experienced sorrow at one time or another. 

But what if your sadness persists?

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“Depression is an overwhelming feeling of numbness, and the endless desire for something – anything – to take you from one day to the next”

Here are common signs of depression:

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
  • Pessimism and hopelessness
  • Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities you once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Restlessness and Irritability
  • Emotional instability

Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, goes beyond the blues. It doesn’t necessarily have to be triggered by stressful events. It’s often described as a persistent, intense level of emotional pain and emptiness. It affects the way you think, perceive, and interact with the people in your life.

Depression taints the ability to feel excitement, anticipation, meaning, and motivation. Many people have the predetermined notion that depression is only experienced by certain people of a specific demographic, but in fact, depression does not make exemptions for anyone.

According to WebMD
“Almost 18.8 million American adults experience depression each year, and women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop major depression.”

When experiencing clinical depression, you can’t just “snap out of it.” Depression is debilitating and it influences how you interpret life. The first step to recovery is determining if you are struggling with constant symptoms of depression. It’s important to remember that feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are symptoms of depression—not the reality of your situation.

Experiencing depression doesn’t make you flawed. Instead, you just have to be brave enough to ask for help.

(Romans 12:2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

You can recover from depression and live an enriched life again!

You can recover from depression and live an enriched life again! If you, or someone you know has been experiencing symptoms of depression, The West Angeles Counseling Center is here to help.

If you are experiencing signs of depression please contact The West Angeles Counseling Center. #MakeTheChange

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