Am I sad or depressed? Part One.
Could you be depressed or are you just feeling sad?
Sadness is a normal part of life, and everybody experiences this emotion in multiple stages of their life.
However, nowadays, the term «depression» can be heard throughout society and social media as a common synonym for being sad. The common use of this term has made some people believe the misconception that depression is something that can come and go quickly and that people can get over it in the span of a few days.
It is extremely important to understand that there are differences between being sad because of a difficult situation or traumatic event that we have been through for a short period of time and depression symptoms.
Depression is characterized by continuous feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, having no motivation or interest in things, constantly not feeling in the mood to do things we used to love, difficulty making decisions, and not being able to perform tasks that we usually do on or daily basis.
The depression symptoms are not necessarily limited only to psychological symptoms but physical symptoms such as moving or speaking more slowly than usual, changes in appetite and even weight, unexplained aches, and pains, and lack of energy, in women the menstrual cycle could change, insomnia.
But the thing is, that some symptoms of depression can also be present when it comes to «normal sadness». So how can we differentiate them?
In this episode, Dr. Carmen talks about how we can differentiate depression from sadness, walking us through the symptoms of depression and giving us a thorough explanation of how it is diagnosed.
As this is a long topic, we have divided this episode into two parts, so stay tuned for part two!
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