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Published on June 06, 2016

Distinguishing Sadness From Depression

sadness v. depression

Whether you lost out on a great promotion, or see your child struggling with a break-up, it’s natural to feel sad about many of life’s challenges. However, when feelings of sadness last for more than a couple of weeks, or stop you from enjoying what you used to love, it may actually be depression.

Intense sadness that stays with you for two weeks or more, or experiencing days when feelings of sadness overwhelm other feelings can indicate that you might be suffering from depression. Other symptoms include:

  • Poor appetite
  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating

The good news is that depression is a treatable condition. A free and quick anonymous screening can identify if your symptoms may be consistent with depression.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dr. Dave Miers is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb. He also co-chairs the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Dr. Miers has published research focusing on family survivors of teen suicide and co-authored a chapter in an international handbook for clinical suicide research on the role of professionals in helping families after a child’s suicide. Dr. Miers assisted in the development of the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors team in Lincoln, Neb.


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