Sadness or Depression
Many of us who struggle with depression wonder if we are truly dealing with sadness or depression.
There is a difference. With depression, many aspects of our lives can be affected. They included sleep patterns, inability to sleep, changes in eating patterns and habits, disinterest in things that you used to enjoy and so on.
Sadness can be a normal part of life, and people who are not depressed are sad from time to time. We are not all happy every day. Sadness can be triggered by a life event or tragedy such as death, divorce, job loss and so on.
Depression can also be event driven. Personally, I know now that while I was someone who struggled with depression for decades, my deeper bouts with it were event driven. Most often caused by a death in the family.
When is it time to address whether you’re depressed or simply sad for a valid reason? If you find your days are constantly down with no relief from the sadness; if you cannot get a good night sleep and often wake in the early morning hours (for me it was between 3 and 4 am); if you feel hopeless about the future, then you may want to explore ways to treat your depression.
The most recommended avenue by conventional doctors is to prescribe antidepressants.
While I’m not a physician, I disagree that this should be the first avenue explored. The side effects are nasty, and the drugs don’t turn you into a happy person. They just level you off so you’re better able to deal with life on a daily basis.
From my personal experience, I can tell you changing your diet is the first approach I would take if had known then what I know now; if I had known then what a different person I could become when I changed how I ate.
If you’re wondering whether you are dealing with depression, there are quite a few self-tests you can take online that may give you some insight. Here is a link for one of them:
There is relief from depression. I wish I had started with diet change before I went on antidepressants. Changing how I eat gave me a completely new life. I really am a happy person now; much more fun living this way!
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC