Am I 'depressed' or 'deeply sad'?
Sujata Ponappa, PhD., MFT
Marriage/ Family Therapist, Relationships LLC
The word 'depression' is often used instead of 'deep sorrow', but they are not the same. When we allow ourselves to experience deep sorrow, there may be no room for depression (lack of feeling, numbness etc.). We all experience loss through the death of loved ones, ending of relationships, and other life events such as retirement, aging, moving away to college etc.
I believe that :
Facing these losses + feeling them + sharing our pain with others = Healing + the Ability to come out stronger.
Here is another equation:
Avoiding/internalizing the feelings of loss = creating internal distress = emotional or physical Disease
2/19/2018 02:40:58 am
I understand that there are people around the world who experience depression. Some are even afraid to show that they are really sad. They always put a mask to hide their feelings. This is not healthy and they might self-destruct at one point. I agree with all of your equations. We have to face the feelings that we have and share it to somebody. It’s not always healthy to face it alone. Sometimes, we have to be open and let our friends or family help us overcome it.
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Sujata V, Ph.D, MFT
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