Sadness or downswings in mood are normal reactions to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness.
Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, apathetic, angry, aggressive, and restless.
Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to focus, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.
You may wish to take an anonymous, free and quick self-diagnostic test that is designed to indicate the likelihood of depression and how you should seek help.
If you are experiencing these symptoms of anxiety or depression, or just feel that you need further support for your mental health, feel free to chat with one of our psychologists during office hours.