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Do I Feel Blue Or Am I Depressed?
We can all feel low, especially at certain times of the month or year. As the nights draw in, more people may find themselves feeling blue. But, how do you know if it’s just a case of the blues or you’re depressed?
When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to see a way out of it. It can also be hard to differentiate between whether this is a spell of feeling blue or depression that needs further help.
To help you explore your feelings to uncover what’s really going on, ask yourself the following questions:
Have I felt this way for longer than two weeks?
Generally, feeling blue will be a short spell and won’t last more than a fortnight. However, if your low mood has lasted more than two weeks, this could be an indication that it might be more serious.
Was there a trigger for the stress that doesn’t have a clear end in sight?
Often, people can pinpoint their mood to a particular event. For feeling blue, the trigger may be a difficult period but has either passed or has a clear end in sight.
If there is no clear end, this can increase the risk of mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Is my mood affecting my relationships and work performance?
If you’re unable to carry out your everyday activities, this can indicate that it may be depression that is affecting you. If your colleagues notice a drop in performance or you feel unable to sustain your normal relationships, it may be time to seek support.
Is it hard to find happiness in other activities?
Even if you’re feeling blue, you may still find yourself able to enjoy some of life’s small pleasures. If you feel blue, you may still enjoy your usual hobbies or know what activities to draw on to self-soothe and pick yourself up.
If it is depression, then you’re unlikely to find any happiness from the activities that usually give you pleasure. You may turn down things you would normally look forward to.
If you answer yes to most of these questions, this indicates that it could be depression that you are experiencing.
Feeling Blue Vs Depression: Key Signs To Tell The Difference
If you feel blue: you will typically only feel a general sadness, often caused by a specific trigger.
If you feel depressed: sadness will be just one element alongside other symptoms such as tiredness, low energy, feelings of worthlessness, inability to concentrate, insomnia and dark thoughts.
If you feel blue: you may find relief through your hobbies, crying and venting your frustrations with a friend.
If you feel depressed: you may not find joy in your usual activities, cannot find relief or see any sign of this feeling passing.
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