Millions of people around the world experience sadness or depression at some point in their lives.
However, while feeling sad is an integral part of depression, they are not the same. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life.
Knowing and understanding the differences between Depression and Sadness is important, so that you can seek appropriate treatment. If left untreated, Depression is a serious health condition that causes emotional suffering and impacts your work, school or relationships. It can also lead to self-harm.
Take this short 10-minute test widely used by mental health professionals to identify Depression. Find out if you are likely to be experiencing Depression, and learn what actions you can take to get help.