Everyone experiences a time in their life when they feel fed up or sad. The inevitable tragic and stressful events touch us all and affect our mood and trigger sadness. The feeling of sadness is considered a healthy negative emotion, but just like other emotions, it is a temporary one and it fades with time.
The difference between sadness and depression
One of the biggest misunderstandings about depression is that it’s similar to feeling sad or down. Knowing and understanding the differences between sadness and depression can help you recognise when to seek help.
Unlike sadness, depression can leave you struggling to get through your day and it is persistent, longer-lasting and can appear without any specific cause. Sadness can, however, turn into depression.
Symptoms of depression:
It is important to get help if you experience several of the following symptoms for two weeks or longer.
When should you seek help?
Depression can worsen without treatment and severely affect your quality of life. It’s important that you talk to a doctor if you experience sadness for longer than two weeks. Possible treatments that your doctor might recommend to treat your depression include medication, counseling, and psychotherapy.
It is more important than ever to set aside some time to practice self-care and prioritize mental wellbeing, which can differ from one person to another. Therefore do whatever feels good in order to increase your happiness, and try to follow the below tips.
We encourage you to use our digital health services including our Symptom Checker and See A Doctor. Download and register on the MyNextcare app now.