Depression vs sadness: Determining the difference between emotion and mental illness

Depression vs sadness: Determining the difference between emotion and mental illness

Since there is a thin line between sadness and depression, many of us are unable to differentiate one from the other. While many people struggling with depression may think it as merely sadness, many suffering from sadness worry that they may be going through depression.

Due to the increased overlapping of the symptoms, it becomes quiet challenging to identify the real problem. Generally, people believe that the difference between both the conditions is more the matter of degree. However, in reality, there are quiet many serious differences between sadness and depression. While sadness is part of the human emotions, depression is […] Read more

Feeling depressed? Ask Google

Feeling depressed? Ask Google

Using its smart analytics, Google is trying to help people who repeatedly search for “depression” or “clinical depression” on mobile phones in an attempt to find answers to what they feel. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and considering that a record number of people live with clinical depression, this new initiative, in collaboration with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), is seen as an effective step in the right direction. It would help those having apprehension about low moods being more than a case of passing blues arrive at a definitive conclusion.

Mary Giliberti, chief executive officer […] Read more

Diet and depression: Is there a link?

Diet and depression: Is there a link?

Although people are aware that diet affects one’s physical health and deficiency of the key nutrients negatively impacts physical indices, such as weight, body mass index (BMI), heartbeat rate, bone density, etc., there only few who are aware of the connection between nutrition and mental health.

Since mental disorders have been invariably associated with emotions and other biochemical changes in the brain, there has been less emphasis on understanding the role of nutrition in safeguarding mental health. Some of the key factors, such as poor appetite, skipping meals and cravings for sweet food, can play havoc on one’s mental health.

The deficiency […] Read more