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Feeling blue vs. being depressed: What’s the difference?

There is no one on the earth who has never experienced feeling down. Feeling blue or sad is a normal emotion that every human being experiences in their life. There might be a particular trigger that makes you feel blue such as a break up, loss, or disappointment.

You can also feel sad from time to time – that shouldn’t be something to worry about, as long as your sadness goes away quickly and you can get back to your daily routines in no time.

But what if sadness lingers, lasts longer than it’s supposed to, and you still feel down or maybe even “depressed”. Does it mean you have depression? When should you be concerned about your mental health? And what is the difference between sadness and depression?

Depression isn’t just feeling down

Depression is a mental illness that not only affects your mood by constantly feeling down, but also your thinking, emotions, behaviors and perceptions. Moreover, a person who is living with depression generally experiences intense feelings of guilt, low self-esteem, low energy, lack of concentration, insomnia, and more – and all of thatis can have a big impact on your daily life.

If you are struggling for a long period of time with alany, or all, of the aforementioned those symptoms mentioned above, don’t ignore them, as – they might be signs of depression. It is never too late to ask for professional help. Visit us or call us to schedule a consultation with our incredible psychologist in San Antonio.

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The most common symptoms of depression

Sadness is just one symptom of depression,. and dDepending on the age, the symptoms can be experienced differentl and ly or show us as less or more obvious. For instance, symptoms of depression in children and adults can be similar, but there are some differences. Here are common depression symptoms:

  1. Constant feeling of sadness, depression or irritability
  2. Feeling tired, weak, and having low energy on most days
  3. A loss or decrease of interest or pleasure in most activities that you were previously enjoying enjoyed previously
  4. Changes in sleeping and eating patterns, such as inability to sleep or sleeping too much, or a loss of appetite
  5. Significant changes in weight – weight loss or gain weightweight gain
  6. Feeling slowed down,  especially moving, thinking or speaking slowly.
  7. Problems with thinking, concentration, creativity and, whilst feeling restless most of the time
  8. Having feelings of worthlessness and unwarranted guilt
  9. Having constant thoughts about death or suicide and showing such actions
  10. in worst cases, acting upon those thoughts

You may experience a number of these symptoms if you are down, but they shouldn’t last for more than two weeks. Suicidal thoughts are the red flag and a sign of depression, not sadness.

If you are feeling depressed for more than 2 weeks, contact our Psychologist in San Antonio. Learn more about Valiant Mental Health

Valiant Mental Health is the only clinic in San Antonio to exclusively provide Empirically Supported Treatments. Dr. Ann Marie Hernandez is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in assessment and intervention in clinical and research settings. She provides comprehensive psychological evaluations for diagnosis and treatment planning, legal requirements, and disability/vocational determinations. Dr. Hernandez has published widely in the areas of suicide, PTSD, and chronic pain.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a depression, or experiencing some of those symptoms for a long time, there is no need to suffer any longer! Visit our clinic to receive psychological counseling; we will help you with your depression or other mental problems. With proper treatment, depression can be managed, and we want to maximize your mental health and help you live a better life. If you would like more information about our San Antonio psychologist, do not hesitate to Contact Us.    

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