In daily life, we often feel low in mood, but we often don’t know whether it’s unhappiness or depression. Depression is a common mental disorder that requires timely treatment. Therefore, it is very important to understand how to distinguish between unhappiness and depression.
Firstly, unhappiness and depression are different concepts. Unhappiness is usually a short-term emotional state, which may be caused by some problems or stress in life. In contrast, depression is a persistent emotional disorder that seriously affects a person’s daily life and work ability.
Here are some practical information to help you distinguish between unhappiness and depression:
Unhappiness is usually short-lived, typically lasting only a few days or weeks. In contrast, the symptoms of depression can last for several weeks or months.
- Emotional state
Unhappiness is usually caused by an event or problem that triggers a low mood. When the problem is resolved or gradually disappears, the mood usually returns to normal. In contrast, the emotional state of depression lasts for a long time and does not improve with the resolution of an event or problem.
- Interests and activities
Unhappiness usually does not affect a person’s participation in interests and activities. In contrast, depression can make a person lose interest in activities and even avoid them.
- Physical condition
Unhappiness usually does not affect a person’s physical condition. In contrast, the symptoms of depression may cause physical discomfort, such as headaches, stomachaches, muscle pain, etc.
- Thinking styles
Unhappiness usually does not affect a person’s thinking style. In contrast, depression can lead to negative thinking, self-blame, self-doubt, helplessness, and other emotions.
The above are some practical information to help you distinguish between unhappiness and depression. If you find yourself experiencing the above symptoms, it is recommended to consult a professional psychologist in a timely manner and receive professional treatment. At the same time, it is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including good sleep, diet, exercise, and social activities. Only in this way can you better maintain physical and mental health.