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Sadness or Depression?

Posted by Sara Levitsky on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Under: Depression
There is a difference.  Natasha Tracy reminds us that sadness is usually about one specific thing (like job loss or an argument with a friend), is time limited (we know it won't last forever), and is not pervasive (we can also experience and recognize the good things).  

In real clinical major depression, sadness is only one of the symptoms. It must meet 5 of the following symptoms including 1 of the first 2 on the list:

depressed mood
decreased interest in things once enjoyed
appetite/weight change
problems with sleep
psychomotor agitation or retardation
fatigue
feelings of worthlessness
problems with concentration
thoughts about suicide/death

See the full article here:

Sadness or Depression - What's the Difference?


In : Depression 



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