Depression vs. The Blues

United States
January 18, 2007 3:46pm CST
Depression is a medical condition and people need to stop saying they have "Depression" when they are just sad, blue or out of sorts. You cannot just "shake it off" or go to your "Happy Place" to make it better. This will not align the chemicals in your brain to stop Depression. So please, if you are dealing with Depression make sure you see your Doctor. If you are just depressed about something then, of course, just shake it off. Go have a few beers with friends, start Yoga, start swimming, go to the gym, whatever makes you happy.
5 responses
• New Zealand
21 Jan 07
Some people don't know the difference and think that Depression is just feeling sad about something... it definately is more than that. People who say that they have depression and they are really just sad need to know the difference. Being diagnosed with depression myself, I have had people tell me that I just need to shake it off etc... its not that easy. But I know that it's because they don't know the difference between depression, and sadness. If any of you here feel that your sadness is actually depression... speak to your doctor... definately. Thanks for bringing this up peaches.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
More people are bringing this up and I hope that it keeps up. People need to understand the difference for everyone's sake. There is no "shaking" off depression.
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• Canada
20 Jan 07
Right on!! I knew I was dealing with real depression when I couldn't just shake it off. When I discovered that, I knew there was a problem so I did something about it right away. I'm also extremely thankful that I have a doctor I can trust.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Good to hear. Keep up the fight. It is good that you know the difference.
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@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I am suffering from depression really bad and it's not just the blues. I can't just shake it off. People who say this have never experienced it and don't know what we go through. I found an old friend from high school online a few months ago and started talking to her again. This was when i was feeling ok but then I started feeling bad again and told her I didn't feel like talking on the phone anymore (she was calling me everyday) and she asked why. So I explained to her what I have been going through and she tells me to get over it. She says maybe I need to do something different and get out of the rut I am in. Easy for someone who has never experienced it to say this. So I wiped her form my life completely and haven't talked to her since. I wasn't looking for sympathy from her or anyone else. I just thought since she was supposed to be my friend that she could try to understand and give me my space. I don't need people telling me to get over it. I was on Wellbrutrin for 2 and a half years and it quit working so my doctor took me off of it and put me on Lexapro. Now instead of feeling better I feel worse. I am having trouble concentrating and feeling more worthless than ever before. She just took me all the way off the Wellbrutrin 2 days ago. If I am still feeling like this by Monday I'm calling her.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Keep working with your Doctor to find the right mix. It is out there. People who have not suffered depression are fairly clueless to how it feels. I am sorry to say that it is not their fault but they should be a little more compassionate.
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@ironmanx (140)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I know depression quite well... The best thing I have found to help, is meditation. Going inside and finding a permeating peace. You have inbetween meditations to deal with, but over time that inproves too. My Best Wishes to All dealing with this !!!******
@ironmanx (140)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Also, doing Art helps me a Lot. Gets my focus somewhere else.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
Thanks for the post. Meditation is good. I used to meditate years ago and it did help "center" myself.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Well, it's kind of like when someone asks you something and you say wait a sec. It's never a sec - ya know? People word things the way they want, or the way they leaned and we just can't let that upset us. If that were the case we'd all be very upset. Those of us that know the difference are somehow affected by, know someone affected by it, used to be affected by it or is study it. Depression is an actual disease, whereas the blues aren't. Some people say similar things about alcholics or other addicts - why don't they just stop? It's a disease and not everyone is affected by it the same way so not everyone can deal with it the same way. just forget about it, or you'll end up more depressed, and it's just not worth it!
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• United States
25 Jan 07
You are right. I just wish more people understood. Thanks.