What is the Difference between Depression & Sadness?


Iris Lee

Depression is a constant issue that haunts and harms the people around us, and even ourselves. It’s extremely important to balance your lifestyle and maintain a healthy mindset, however sometimes depression and other mental illnesses creep in.

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.” Explains The American Psychiatric Association. 

Depression can affect all aspects of life, from having a hard time enjoying activities you used to enjoy; to waking up in the morning.

However, depression is different from sadness. You may be sad over a pet or family member’s death, but depression doesn’t necessarily come from a sad event. 

“But being sad is not the same as having depression. The grieving process is natural and unique to each individual and shares some of the same features of depression. Both grief and depression may involve intense sadness and withdrawal from usual activities,” The American Psychiatric Association said.

Here are some important features of depression that are different from sadness. When you are sad, you maintain self worth. But people that are suffering from depression can be self-loathing. With more extreme cases, self loathing and other factors can even lead to suicide. More differences are listed on the site if you are interested in delving deeper.

If you know anyone who may be suffering from depression or contemplating suicide, call the suicide hotline number: 800-273-8255. It is available 24/7.