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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

Dave Miers, PhD, is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves as the past co-chair. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.

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