I can’t remember where I read this definition of depression versus sadness, but it’s a good one:
Depression isn’t being sad when things are going wrong. Depression is being sad when things are going right.
We all experience sadness.
We need this emotion.
Tough and gloomy times make our victories feel so much better.
Without SAD, there would be no HAPPY.
Sometimes sadness is an indicator that we need to change something.
Other times sadness is a result of a tragic event.
Once positive things happen, or once enough time passes, we should become less sad.
…and eventually happy like this little guy.
Sadness is normal.
It is part of life and nothing to be ashamed of.
Here’s a wise quote from an unlikely source.
“There are going to be peaks and valleys in everything – in your marriage, in your job, in your life. So just enjoy the peaks and ride out the valleys. Just try not to do anything too rash.” – Ricky Schroder
Depression is different.
The peaks in life don’t come with happiness or enjoyment.
Good things fail to improve your mood.
“On an island in the sun, we’ll be playing and having fun… And it makes me feel so fine, I can’t control my brain.” – Weezer
Talking in detail about the CAUSE of depression is beyond the scope of this article.
I used to think it was just a chemical imbalance in the brain.