Can depression be a short term thing?

@bluegem (174)
Dominican Republic
March 6, 2007 8:17pm CST
I have a concern. We often say that we are in depression. But is being sad the same as being depressed? Or is it that depression is chronic 'sadness'? If you are sad for an entire day and no longer, is that depression? Let me hear your views.
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@besthope44 (12146)
• India
21 Oct 10
Well, sometimes its unavoidable that we feel depressed for the day..but for the health its not a good side, i believe in Meditation which will balance our mind and helps to be normal at situations
@vivekk20 (186)
• India
11 Mar 07
sadness is not the depression . the disorder depression has its daignostic criteria and it should differentiated from it. depression is caused by deranged in serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine , and other receptors. and u must consult a psychiatrist to seek help.
@cdvassell (181)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Depression is not that same as sadness though in someways there is sadness. It's usually long-term depending on the situation,on and off, and there is also different degrees or types of it. It usually arise from unresolve issues even as far back as childhood. I know this because I've been through it. Sometimes I will have what is call seasonal or weather depression. For example, whenever I'm here in the U.S. during the winter, i get depressed or when the day is overcast. I hope this helps.
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
yes i think it is, depression is a sadness from within our hearts and mind that we could not let go, it can cause us extreme stress if we could not surpass thisthings, some people end up killing them selves because of this.
• United States
7 Mar 07
I don't think being sad for just an entire day and no longer is considered depression. I have had depression for 5 years now. It's hard to explain because it's different for everyone. For me I am depressed 363 days out of the year. I rarely have a good day and if I do I still get depressed because I know it won't last. No sense it getting too excited that I'm happy for a day knowing the next day I will be depressed again. It's hard but the medication does help. It doesn't help it completely but any relief is good.
• United States
7 Mar 07
Being sad and being depressed are not the same thing. To be diagnosed with depression, you need to have had symptoms for at least two weeks. So being sad for one day is not depression. Clinical depression has accompanying symptoms such as loss of appetite (or eating too much), sleeping either much too much or not sleeping, withdrawing from usual activities, that type of thing.