Everyone will experience feelings of sadness from time to time, and there isn’t always a reason. People will sometimes say they’re depressed when they’re having a bad day or something hasn’t gone right, but depression is more than that. Depression is a serious mental health condition that can have a big effect on a person’s life.
A key difference between feeling sad and depression is time. Sadness can come and go, usually with relative speed and ease, whereas depression is constant.
There isn’t always a reason why you feel sad, but it is important to try and understand what is causing the sadness. Step back and think about what happened when you started feeling this way – did you receive some bad news, or have a bad experience?
If you don’t know the reason, it can be quite unnerving. While it is normal to experience negative feelings, if these thoughts are preventing...