The Very Fine Line Between Depression and Sadness

The Very Fine Line Between Depression and Sadness

With so many similarities between depression and sadness, it is hard to know if we are truly depressed.  Learning to identify your feelings is the first step towards mental health.

Sadness is defined as an emotional pain that results from a loss, lingering melancholy or habitual somberness. It is characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, helplessness, and sorrow.

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.
The organization does so by funding scholarships to scientists researching issues affecting women’s health;   providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health. of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the community.    

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Information summarized by Carolyn Northrup on behalf of the Doris A. Howell Foundation with information found from the following sources:


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