By Dr. Rati Parwani
Are you sad or depressed?
There is a line of difference between sadness and depression. You guessed it right. Depression and sadness are not the same. So let us understand the basic difference between sadness and depression.
|Type of Disorder||Mood disorder||Mental disorder|
|Duration of Disorder||Lasts for 48- 72 hours||Lasts for more than 2 weeks to months|
|Form of Disorder||Temporary (Acute)||Permanent (Chronic)|
|Effects||Short term effects||Long term effects|
|Complications||None||Can lead to severe mental illness|
|Treatment||Counselling||Anti – depressants|
|Sex||Both male & female||High prevalence in females|
|Brain chemistry||Not affected||Gets affected|
Know more about depression !!
Depression is characterized by sadness and despair. It starts with a mood disorder and is linked to mental health conditions. It often causes people to feel sad and feel empty for a long period.
Depression impacts the life of the individual
It all starts with stress. We all go through stress and it is very common. What’s important? This is how we deal with stress. Once you understand the stress hormone “cortisol” and how you should cope up with stress, you will be able to find a solution to all your mental health conditions. Dealing with stress helps to keep your mental health at an optimum level.
Getting help at right time for depression
Depression is a vicious cycle that must be broken so that you can set yourself free from the trap. Depression is a treatable condition. Supporting a person with depression is difficult. It is better to intervene at an early stage before this crops up and blooms into a mental disorder which can be difficult to treat. Remember, you do not want to be dependent on anti – depressants medication which can make you feel more dull and lethargic.