How do I know if I am just sad or am I actually depressed??

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Last Updated: 22/01/2019 at 10:26AM
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Nov 01st, 2018 10:48PM

Srishti Narula

Everyone experiences sadness in their life due to various experiences. However only a few people are clinically depressed. Only a qualified professional can diagnose depression but here are few signs you can lookout for: low or sad mood constantly, loss of interest in activities that you liked earlier, thoughts of guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, sleeping too much or too little and eating too much or too little, not feeling hungry. Most importantly these symptoms must cause enough distress to you that you are not able to do your routine tasks. Hope this helps. If you realise you have depressive symptoms or are just sad and want to speak to someone, do book a session with any of the counsellors here. 
Nov 14th, 2018 02:48PM

Mrs. Hina Beg

Hi, sad or depressed... Basically feeling low right now!! Okay.. have your blood test done for Vit D and Vit B12 along with general CBC. This is the first and most important thing. Once done, do the needful as prescribed by your doctor (maybe some injections or medicines if values are low... in your case they maybe) make a diet plan, join some sport and take an appointment to follow further regime. FIRST THIS IS BASIC THING TO DO. Trust me!! It will help and your query will be answered in some ways. All the best 👍 stay fit, exercise and smile 😃 it increases the face value 😁
Nov 03rd, 2018 05:54PM

Anam Mukaddam

Most of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. It's a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or injured self-esteem. But when these feelings become overwhelming, cause physical symptoms, and last for long periods of time, they can keep you from leading a normal, active life. Here are some symptoms: Trouble in concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions, fatigue, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, insomnia (unable to sleep), early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much, irritability, restlessness, loss of interest in things once pleasurable, overeating, or appetite loss, aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won't go away, digestive problems that don't get better, even with treatment, persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings, suicidal thoughts or attempts are some of the symptoms and these need to be for a prolonged period in order to be depressed. Book a session here and we can help you out!
Jan 22nd, 2019 10:26AM

Noufal Hameed

Hope you all doing great. This is a humble request to all of the helping fraternity to refrain from making comments/suggestions about things that one is not very clear about. It is not intended to be aimed at any person, but it is extremely unhealthy to misguide a person in issues related to mental health and illness. This is an area which is already been marred with endless misconceptions going around. While this answer is a very late one, here it goes: One: Depression is a very common mental illness, in fact, 300 million people suffer from this disorder across the world. Two: Feeling depressed is not a choice. And one can't just distract oneself from it. While things to do, as suggested by one, can work as a temporary distraction, please don't take it lightly. I have no idea based on what one would suggest a blood test and all. And jump directly to diet plan and exercise! Depression and sadness: They are not the same. While many say 'I am depressed' for feelings of sadness, depression is different in marked ways. 1. If you are feeling low/sad for the majority of the time. 2. You have lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy earlier. 3. Feelings of extreme fatigue, even when you are not doing much. These three are considered the cardinal symptoms of depression and if one experiences it for more than two weeks, he or she may seek immediate help. Sadness can be combined with irritation as well as anxiety in many cases. The person answered second has given the secondary symptoms where the presence of each of them keep increasing the risk of a person having clinical depression. For more, please visit https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression