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Sadness Versus Depression

tideLately I’ve been sad. I broke up with my boyfriend after the way he acted during a fight. I feel sad I broke his heart. I feel sad that my heart is hurting.

I’ve had a terrible cold this week which, in a way, made me sad because I wanted to feel better. I stayed in bed sleeping most of the past two days. Today is the first day I feel a bit better – back to the land of the living.

Basically, this week has sucked.

But I am not depressed. Depression is different from sadness. Depression is a black hole pulling you towards it as you grapple with the dirt trying to stay on this side of sanity. Depression is apathy. You don’t care how the world is going to turn out, you just know you don’t want to be in it. Depression is nothing more than a lie that dying is better than living.

It is good to recognize the causes of your emotions – for example, my cold. It did not spin me into despair, just made me a sniffling, sneezing, congested mess.

Sometimes depression comes with no invitation. It just is.

There is a difference between sadness and depression. Sometimes, one appears to be the other. Don’t be afraid to be sad. It is good to feel emotions. Remember that just because you are sad, you do not need to become depressed. Like the tide, let it come and let it go.


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Sadness Versus Depression

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2016). Sadness Versus Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 18, 2019, from


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