We all have good days and bad days; it hinges in balance like yin and yang. However it is important to recognize and understand our emotions in order to get help when it is required. Are you feeling dreary because of a certain situation? Or are you feeling blue for long periods of time? World Suicide Prevention Day was observed on 10th September, emphasising the need to educate ourselves on mental health. Let us discuss the often overlooked difference between sadness and depression.
Am I just sad or am I depressed?
It’s easy to dismiss a serious problem by labelling it as a minor issue or to over-analyse a simple occurrence as a life altering condition. It’s important to be able to identify the differences between sadness and depression so that we can understand, get help or lend support when it is needed.
Sadness is dependent on a specific situation. Feeling upset or sad is an instantaneous response to a situation that isn’t in our favour. It could be a job offer that doesn’t materialise, loved ones treating us badly or small failures leading to us feel teary eyed and downtrodden. Sadness comes and goes and we may also be able to engage in happier events that are occurring at the same time.
Although depression can appear similar to sadness, it is vastly different. Depression can be triggered by a stressor and can hang over you even when everything in your life is going great. It persists for extensive periods of time. Like a large, heavy blanket, depression muffles your positive perspective on life leaving you with negative feelings of self-criticism and worthlessness. Excessive disturbance of your sleeping patterns, change in appetite and an inability to feel pleasure in most activities are symptoms of depression.
In simple terms, sadness is an emotion and depression is a mental illness.
Types of depression
Depression is an overarching term encompassing many types of disorders. Some of the important ones are:
Dealing with an employee suffering from depression.
It can feel awkward and uncomfortable to approach a co-worker about a personal issue. However, it is important to ensure that the person is aware that they have support and methods to help them through a difficult time.
How can we help you?
The Fuller Life believes in overall wellbeing; emotional, physical and financial. For us, focusing on one aspect is not enough; we want to help your company navigate the path to great health with the most detailed map possible. Taking time to implement effective programs for wellness will always have a positive impact on your employees and your company.
Are you ready to focus on health and happiness within your organization? Try our creative and engaging seminars and webinars or implement an effective Employee Assistance Program with our help. With the right guidance, any route is navigable!
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