Is It Depression Or sadness?

If the blues won’t go away, you might not just be sad.

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Does depression run in your family?

It runs in the family, so yes, I am predisposed to it.

Sadness vs. Depression

My sadness isn’t as intense.

Treating Sadness

What gets me through is to keep moving. I have my go-to’s.

There are always reasons to feel sad.

Life is hard and it’s easy to see the bad stuff as all-encompassing.

  1. A loss or decrease of pleasure or interest in most activities, including ones that had been interesting or pleasurable previously. NO.
  2. Significant changes in weight or appetite. NO.
  3. Disturbances in falling asleep or sleeping too much. NO. But I love to sleep. Nothing new.
  4. Feeling slowed down in your movements or restless most days. NO.
  5. Feeling tired, sluggish, and having low energy most days. NO.
  6. Having feelings of worthless or excessive guilt on most days. A little worthless, but not most, just some days. A big NO on the guilt.
  7. Experiencing problems with thinking, focus, concentration, creativity and the ability to make decisions most days. NO.
  8. Having thoughts of dying or suicide. Are these the normal ups and downs of life? Am I confusing sadness and depression? Big YES, but NOT on suicide.

In Conclusion

Depression colors everything in a darker color and robs you of your joy. You need professional help to pull yourself out of it. You need that serotonin we talked about earlier.

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Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.

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