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There is a difference between being sad and being depressed. Sadness is part of depression, but you do not need to be depressed to be sad. Everyone gets sad at one point or another in life. It is very normal to feel sad. It is when that sadness lasts for an extended period of time that we start to wonder if it might be depression. Depression can be experienced differently by different people. For that reason, jumping to one conclusion or the other can be unhealthy. Working with a professional can be helpful to better understand what you are feeling and going through.

Getting a Diagnosis

There are times when we do not fully understand what we are feeling. There are many reasons why some people tend to avoid getting a diagnosis. There is the fear of stigma or shame, being treated differently, or not being accepted, that keeps some people away from getting help and a diagnosis. If your sadness is persistent long enough to affect your life, then it may be time to reach out to a professional. 

Reach Out to Your Support System

Sometimes it may be helpful to reach out to those we are closest to. Talking with people with who we feel safe can make all the difference. Whether it is family or friends, they will be willing to listen to you. They will probably be able to give their opinions and remind you how much they care about you. Sometimes an outsider can look at our situation and be able to see it differently than we see it ourselves. When that person is someone we respect, care about, and feel safe with, we can take their opinions into consideration. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what we are feeling. Emotions are complex and influenced by so many different aspects of our lives. Sometimes reaching out to those around us can help us to express our feelings. Hearing what our loved ones think can be helpful. However, sometimes it can be more helpful to get professional help. We can receive a diagnosis and better learn how to move forward and feel better. The professionals here at The Guest House are ready to help you through your recovery journey. We have many different therapeutic options and would love to help you learn which treatment modality may be best for you and your journey. Call us today to learn more at (855) 483-7800.