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How Do I Know If It's Depression Or The Blues?

By Jean Houlihan, MD

Depression is more common than most people think. One out of every five people will suffer from depression at some point in their lifetime. Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between depression and the blues. Some important distinctions are listed below to help you determine if you need to talk to your primary care physician about seeking help for depression.

The Blues: Feelings of sadness, grief or loneliness, most people will experience these feelings at some point in their life. However, these feelings will disappear after a short amount of time (2 or 3 days), and do not interfere with your day-to-day life.

Depression: Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, grief, loneliness and/or hopelessness that lasts longer than two weeks. These feelings start to interfere with your life. You may notice that you have lost interest in activities you used to enjoy, have a lack of energy and have had significant changes in weight. Suicidal thoughts or ideation are also a sign of depression. Left untreated depression will only become more debilitating to the person suffering from it. 


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please talk to your DMG primary care physician.

Topics and Subtopics: Mental Health

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