One thought on “How Is Clinical Depression Different From Normal Stress and Sadness?

  1. Arti says:

    It involves a noticeable change in functioning that persists for two weeks or longer. For example, it’s normal to feel down after a major disappointment, or to have trouble sleeping or eating after a difficult relationship break-up. Or, imagine not being able to sleep more than four hours a night, not wanting to spend time with family or friends, and constantly feeling irritable. These are a few of the experiences that people can have when they suffer from clinical depression. And when friends try to reach out to you, you get even more upset and bothered. Clinical depression is very alternative. Feeling sad and depressed is often a normal reaction to a stressful life situation. Unlike normal stress and sadness, the symptoms of clinical depression persist and do not go away no matter how much the individual wants. Imagine that for the last three months you’ve slept more than 10 hours a day and still feel tired, you have stomach problems, you’re unable to cope with life, and you wonder if dying would solve all your problems. Usually, within a number of days, perhaps after talking to a friend, we start to feel like ourselves again. You want to just “wait it out,” and you don’t get help because you think it’s weak to ask for help or you don’t want to burden your friends. You lose perspective, and you don’t realize that what you’re experiencing is abnormal.

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