Am I depressed? How will I know?
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Have you ever wondered “Am I depressed or just sad?” You are not alone in this thinking. Depression and sadness can seem the same but have very different underlying symptoms. Sadness is just a feeling that occurs throughout one’s day or week. Sadness does not stay present for very long periods of time. Sadness is a feeling that everyone feels. Sadness can be a normal reaction to everyday occurrences. Sadness is an emotion while depression is a illness. Depression does include feeling sad but includes many other symptoms such as lack of motivation, issues with sleep and eating. Depression comes in many different forms from major depression disorder to bi-polar are all forms of depression. The DSM-V states to be diagnosed with depression the person must meet five of the following symptoms to be depressed over a two-week period. The following are the nine symptoms:

  1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated in the subjective report or in observation made by others

  2. Loss of interest in things you use to enjoy

  3. Weight loss or gain

  4. Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly daily

  5. Psychomotor agitation nearly daily

  6. Fatigue daily

  7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt

  8. Decreased concertation nearly daily

  9. Thoughts of death or suicidal thoughts

If you meet the criteria above, it might be a good idea to speak with a counselor or a doctor to discuss theses feelings further. Not everyone who is depressed will be depressed forever. If you are in the Atlanta, Georgia area we have trained therapists that can help you. Give us a call at 404-580-7150 or email me at

Written by: Tara Towler Cumby LPC CPCS


We specialize in treating a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, addictions, play therapy, trauma, motherhood, life changes, Postpartum, child therapy, post traumatic trauma and mood disorders.


Towler Counseling LLC

8046 Roswell Road Suite 101 C Sandy Springs, GA. 30350

Phone: 404-580-7150