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  • Do I have depression or am I just sad?

  • Sadness usually lasts a few days. Or it is a sporadic emotion.

  • That's a wide discrepancy.

  • You'll be sad a few days after you break up with a boyfriend, and then you'll be sad every time you see his picture for the next few months.

  • I'll be devastated for a weekend, but I'll be angry every time I'm reminded of him for the rest of my life.

  • You may be sad when you see pictures from the Jewish Holocaust or the Fukishima disaster.

  • That's intermittent, but you'll feel it every time you're reminded of those tragedies.

  • When is it depression?

  • Depression is an emotion you feel all the time when you have it.

  • It's not just sadness, but a down mood that sucks all the life out of you.

  • That's why depressed people have a high rate of suicide.

  • Depression tends to suck all the emotion out of someone, making it impossible to feel joy for even other people or any positive emotion.

  • I heard that depression is anger without enthusiasm.

  • Some people choose to live in frustrating situations and be depressed instead of doing anything about it, and in those cases, it is their fault.

  • But there are people with depression based on brain chemistry.

  • Attack of the killer brain.

  • A depressed person might be manic in activity to distract themselves or unable to get out of bed.

  • Or they do everything slowly and methodically but without any passion.

  • Isn't that bipolar?

  • Bipolar means someone's emotional regulator is broke.

  • It alternates between highs and lows, like manic and depressed.

  • That's pretty wild.

  • When is sadness depression?

  • Sadness seems like it never ends.

  • It's depression if it hasn't ended in months and you don't have a solid cause like losing your husband or suffering through a horrible, disfiguring accident.

  • What's the cure?

  • Talk therapy for some to improve their lives or their outlooks.

  • Drugs are an option for severe cases, as is electroshock treatment.

  • It's shocking that's even in use anymore.

  • At least lobotomies haven't come back in vogue.

Do I have depression or am I just sad?

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Do I Have Depression or Am I Just Sad?

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    Precious Annie Liao posted on 2014/05/01
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