Depression is More than Sadness

Depression is much more than the feeling of sadness.  Feeling nothing is like insulation against the cold, stabbing pain of guilt, anxiety, self-loathing, hopelessness and isolation.  Sadness is a painful feeling, but combining it with all the other feelings is overwhelming.



Author: Undeniably Sara

Hi, I'm Undeniably Sara. I'm learning how to live well with chronic illnesses by focusing on self-healing with the goal of lifelong health.

23 thoughts on “Depression is More than Sadness”

  1. I’m reading a great new book by Johann Hari called, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression–and the Unexpected Solutions. The author first became depressed as a child and started taking anti-depressants as a teenager. He thoroughly debunks the idea that depression is a result of serotonin deficiency. I won’t get into more, but I highly recommend it. You can order it from any bookseller. Most libraries should have a copy, too.

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  2. It’s hard for those who suffer depression. When I had my break down in 2013, I felt like a piece of garbage. I think that it was hard for my wife, having to deal with the fall out and not understanding why I was depressed, or how she could help.

    I think getting professional help was a great way to help me get through that dark time.

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  3. Yes, depression is much more than the feeling of sadness. Unfortunately many people don’t understand depression and think about it as a ‘simple’ sadness. Depression is much more complicated and deeper. When I suffered from depression I was like a living dead, the hurt inside of me was so strong that I thought I could not take it anymore. And it was attacking and destroying my life for many years.

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  4. Sara, you have described a very important point here and the illustration you chose shows it exactly.
    It is those who have not been touched by depression that advise their friends to “Snap out of it!”
    People who have been there know that depression is much, much more than just feeling sad.
    Shona x

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