While the best way to know whether you have depression, anxiety or are just feeling sad is to go to a therapist, to recognize them is better to go blind on what you’re feeling and why.
We tend to confound depression, sadness, and anxiety because the three of them go hand in hand in hand. There’s a small level of sadness when you feel anxious, and depression is a mental illness that put you in a prolonged (and more intense) state of sadness.
If you or someone in your family suffer from anxiety is most likely that you or that relative someday will fall into the claws of depression, and those who suffer from the anxiety disorder can also suffer depression someday in their lifetime.
I know that doesn’t sound like good news…
But the good news is that there are things that you can change in your life that will eventually provide you an armored skin and mind against all these nasty disorders.
If you’re open to seeing the world in a completely different way of the ordinary way, you’ll life will change into amazing and unexpected ways!
Some of the characteristics of these three are;
- Worried about what’s coming.
- A belief that things are not going as expected.
- It turns on the flight or fight response. You think you’re in danger.
- A strong feeling of sadness about a major event in our lives, in most cases already happened.
- Not being realistic, or a positive thinker, being rather gloomy in all our ways.
- Being suicidal or having suicidal thoughts. Not self-worthy.
- Can still enjoy pleasurable activities.
- Being gloomy, but not for a long period of time.
- Don’t feel like have to fight or flight away, but instead feels secure about his self-worth.
My take on the difference between them is very simple, depression is intensely prolonged sadness and anxiety is more like being worried with the feeling of sadness to some extent.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that we can talk about depression for something in the past (most cases), sadness is the feeling of something that is more immediate, (in the present) and anxiety is usually about things (or an illusion of things) that are yet to come in our lives, the future.
Not to brag with you, but I think this is another way we can detect more accurately in which department we are that I haven’t seen in this neighborhood.
Even with this knowledge, I’ll recommend don’t diagnose yourself with any disorder because most of the people don’t know the real meaning of their feelings and can misinterpret them. I’m just giving you some of the best info that I can gather with my insights and knowledge so you can beat depression in a more natural way.