Why Do I Feel So Sad?
Sadness can be a perfectly normal reaction, when something bad or upsetting occurs such as death or a breakup. However some people may feel sad for what seems like no reason at all. These individuals may begin crying out of the blue, get especially upset over minuscule events or feel sad for days or weeks at a time. These individuals are feeling this way for a reason. Typically unexplained sadness is caused by some underlying issue such as a mental health condition, a chemical imbalance, drug use or hormones.
Are You Sad or Are You Depressed?
People are quick to label their feelings of sadness as depression. Although sadness is a symptom of depression, the mental health condition is more complex than a single emotion. Depression is a mental disorder that causes one to feel sad, hopeless, inadequate and disinterested in life. Depression will affect an individual days, weeks or months at a time without letting up. This is one way someone can spot the difference between sadness and depression. There are many things that may trigger depression including chemical imbalances and substance abuse.
If someone believes he or she is suffering from depression, he or she must seek a proper diagnosis from a physician immediately. Depression is a serious, and it may lead to substance abuse, addiction or even suicide. There are many other mental health disorders that may cause a person to feel sad such as bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders or even eating disorders. The best way to understand one’s condition is by getting assessed by a professional.
The Importance of Understanding Your Sadness
Emotions will always play a large part in how you think and behave. Feeling sad can be both physically and mentally exhausting. Sadness can lead to feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and low self-esteem. When a person is experiencing emotional pain, he or she often seeks out ways to cope or escape. In most cases the “escape” turns out to be drugs or alcohol. Drug or alcohol abuse can lead down a disastrous road and can increase overall feelings of depression. Feeling sad can make an individual feel lost, and without treatment the individual may never find happiness.
Finding Treatment for Sadness and Other Mental Health Disorders
Receiving a proper diagnosis and finding treatment is the only solution for feelings of extreme sadness. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be dealing with a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder, please know that there is help. Please call our toll-free number now to learn more about getting help for your feelings of sadness. We are here 24 hours a day to provide you with information and answer any questions you may have.