The Difference Between Depression and Feeling Down

The Difference Between Depression and Feeling Down

Am I depressed or just feeling down?

Circumstances can alter your life in ways that can affect your emotions or mood and can even cause extreme feelings of hopelessness. In such cases, it is important to understand the difference between feeling down and experiencing depression.

Feeling Down

Having a bad morning can alter the course of your entire day and make you feel down. You may experience anger, sadness, confusion, and many other emotions. Feelings that come from circumstances such as these, however, usually dissipate quickly, and you recover from the feelings very soon without medical intervention.

Many people can recognize that they are simply having a bad day. Their mood can be changed by experiencing small things that make them smile, spending time with family, or laughing. Removing themselves from the situation that upset them can also go a long way in helping reverse negative feelings.  Depression, however, is not a quick turn around.


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) classifies depression as a mental illness that many Americans deal with. It is not having one bad day, however. Depression is a mood disorder that is constituted by lethargy, despair, extreme sadness, or the complete loss of hope.

Depression can be very dangerous; it can lead to life-threatening thoughts when someone has lost all hope in things getting better. Depression can cause someone to avoid people or things that he or she previously enjoyed. It usually does not allow for finding joy in small things and can be very difficult to recover from. Because it is categorized by very strong emotions and reactions in the brain that can affect personal safety, it is important to treat depression.

Treatment Help

There are many treatment options for those who are dealing with depression. Counseling centers can provide individual or community therapy and can help you find medical attention.

If you or someone you love is dealing with feelings of depression, there is help available. Please call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator who can connect you with the treatment options that are best for you and your situation. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day. You are not alone, so please call now.

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