Depression is often confused with sadness, but it’s important to know the differences between the two mental states. This distinction is particularly important for individuals who are struggling with depression. Those who confuse their depression with sadness may leave their symptoms untreated. When depression is left untreated, it can increase your risk for a number of health conditions like coronary artery disease, stroke and hypertension. In severe cases, depression can lead to suicide.
What does depression feel like?
Unlike sadness, depression can occur without the presence of a specific trigger. It is chronic and affects multiple aspects of your life.
Below are some of the symptoms that differentiate depression from sadness:
- Losing interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy
- Feeling down, depressed or hopeless most of the time
- Trouble sleeping, difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too much
- Tiredness or lack of energy
- Changes in your eating habits like loss of appetite or eating too much
- Feeling like you are a failure or have let others down
- Slowness in speech
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
When depression is left untreated, it can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Physical symptoms of depression can include:
- Joint or limb pain
- Back pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Weight gain or loss
- Chest pain
Counseling is one treatment option for depression. At our counseling centers in Central Florida, we help people struggling with depression find the treatment and healing they need. You can visit any of our locations in Kissimmee, Longwood and St. Cloud. We also have a counseling centers in Chattanooga and Memphis, Tennessee.
You don’t have to struggle with depression alone. We are here to help.