What’s the difference between being sad and being depressed?

Depressed woman

By Ruth Skeel, MSW, LCSW, LCAC  Clinical Director

Being sad is certainly an emotion that is understood by all people of all ages. Sadness can be caused by the loss of a favorite stuffed animal, failing an important test, or losing a loved one.

Depression is also an emotion that is common to all people and most individuals are able to identify a period of time when this term may have best described their emotional experience. While sadness and depression are a common experience in the human condition, there is a time when the experience of sadness and depression may need some further attention for the sake of returning to an average functioning and completing necessary day-to-day routines and tasks. In the event that an individual is experiencing prolonged difficulty with day-to-day task completion and daily functioning, he or she would likely benefit from seeking out professional assistance from a Counselor or other Mental Health Professional.  

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