Feeling Sad vs. Depressed: Know the Difference

Category: Fraternity

Lynne McCaul Miller

Lots of people interchange the terms “sad” and “depressed.” But feeling sad or having the blues is different than suffering from depression. Of course, feeling sad about many different things in life is entirely normal. Most people are sad when they experience a loss or disappointment.

However, when the sadness becomes a feeling you have most of the day, it can be a symptom of something more. Intense sadness that stays with you for two weeks or more can also be an indication that you might be suffering from depression. Other symptoms include:

  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating

The good news is that depression is a treatable condition. A free and quick anonymous screening can identify if your symptoms may be consistent with depression. You can find it on the Sisters Supporting Sisters page.