Feeling depressed never lastsBeing depressed isn’t the same thing as having depression
Being depressed is a temporary state of sadness and dissatisfaction. Everybody feels depressed from time to time. This is due to a specific event, such as breaking up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, flunking an exam, or fighting with a parent or friend. Then you have no energy or motivation. Your sleep, mood, and appetite are affected as well. But don’t worry: everything will return to normal as soon as you find a solution to your problem.
Depression is an illness
Depression is a condition that only a professional can diagnose. It’s characterized by deep sadness that lasts for several weeks. The symptoms are intense and persistent and they don’t get better with time. Nothing seems important: school, relationships with family and friends, physical health… Often the depressed person no longer feels like doing anything because nothing gives them any pleasure or joy. Depression may also be accompanied by suicidal thoughts.