Understanding The Difference Between Sadness and Depression.

Understand The Difference Between Depression And Sadness

Seasonal affective disorder

When daylight hours start to decrease and it gets colder outside many people may find themselves experiencing symptoms resembling depression. For some the symptoms are relatively brief. Tempers may seem shorter for parents stuck inside with cranky or sick children and an increased sense of lethargy is not uncommon on a dreary winter day. For others, however, these symptoms can be quite disabling. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/seasonal-affective-disorder.aspx

Seasonal Affective Disorder (Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern).

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an older term for major depressive disorder (MDD) with seasonal pattern. It’s a psychological condition that results in depression, normally provoked by seasonal change. People typically experience the condition in winter. The condition most often occurs in women and in adolescents and young adults. https://www.healthline.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder

Slideshow: Physical Symptoms of Depression.

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Depression can affect your body as well as your mind. https://www.webmd.com/depression/ss/slideshow-physical-symptoms-depression

My depression kept me inert for two years. My family’s help got me through.

When the problem is the way your brain works, you can’t go it alone.

“Depression is a disease of the brain, just like heart disease is a disease of the heart and diabetes is a disease of the pancreas. My brain simply doesn’t make any of the happy chemicals it’s supposed to, and I have to use medication to give me a chance to have a life.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/my-depression-kept-me-inert-two-years-my-family-s-ncna826816

Depression isn’t always crying your mascara off in the shower and playing sad songs in bed.

“ Depression isn’t always crying your mascara off in the shower and playing sad songs in bed. Sometimes it’s not wanting to talk to anyone for days and other times it’s desperately needing to be around people. Sometimes depression is having no appetite even though you haven’t eaten anything since yesterday and sometimes it’s eating everything you have in the fridge. Depression isn’t your boyfriend holding you and telling you that it’s going to be okay. It’s sitting across the table, not eating, having him ask you what’s wrong and knowing that you’re ruining his night because you can’t seem to snap out of it and just be happy. It’s the frustrating feeling of desperately wanting to enjoy something and just be normal for once. It’s keeping things a secret from the people you love because you don’t want them to look at you like you’re broken. No, depression isn’t beautiful black and white images. Depression is lonely and frustrating and mostly just horribly exhausting. ”

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