Depression vs Sadness (I have to say I learned some of these distinctions from Michael Landsberg) – thank you.
Sadness-You CAN cheer up.
Depression-You CAN’T cheer up.
Sadness-You have a fear of death.
Depression-You have a fear of life.
Sadness-Overwhelming level of emotions.
Depression-Lack of emotion (numbness).
Sadness-Can pass in a short time.
Depression-Can last for many many days.
Sadness-Doesn’t require medication.
Depression-Often requires medication.
Sadness-Often the result of an upsetting occurrence.
Depression-Can begin without any warning.
Sadness-Does not contain distorted thinking.
Depression-Is often fuelled by distorted thinking.
Sadness-You can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Depression-You ARE the tunnel.