When people think of depression, they tend to associate it with sadness. Sadness is an emotion, but depression is much more than that. Everyone is bound to experience sadness at some point,
Sadness is an emotion, but depression is much more than that. Everyone is bound to experience sadness at some point, whether it’s a disappointing test score, a friend’s betrayal, or a heart-wrenching breakup. You will feel sad…but then you’ll feel better. Sadness is usually situational, whereas depression is different. Depression is not just feeling sad. In fact, it’s sometimes not feeling anything…at all. It’s the feeling of numbness. A sense of nothingness. It’s the feeling of “Why?” about everything. Existential crisis after existential crisis. Being sad and being depressed are not the same thing. Both are equally valid and equally important. But don’t throw around depression like a colloquial phrase. It’s not meant to help you emphasize a point—it’s a mental illness. Depression is not something we just “get over.” Depression is not something that a pint of ice cream and a funny movie can fix. It isnotsadness.