Can I be angry or sad without suffering from depression?

Can I be angry or sad without suffering from depression? The answer is yes, but if the sadness, anger or negative thoughts persist uncontrollably, then you may be suffering from clinical depression. If you are unsure, the best solution is to seek medical advice for a thorough physical evaluation. In the meantime, you may want to ask yourself if you identify with any of the following signs/symptoms of depression that I located on a non-profit resource site, Helpguide.org, launched by parents, Robert and Jeanne Segal, who lost their daughter, Morgan Leslie Segal, to suicide at the age of 29 after she suffered for several years from major depression.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression (Click for more details)

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities.  
  • Appetite or weight changes.
  • Sleep changes.
  • Anger or irritability.
  • Loss of energy.
  • Self-loathing.
  • Reckless behavior.
  • Concentration problems.
  • Unexplained aches and pains.
  • Suicidal thoughts. [GET HELP IMMEDIATELY!]

Please take any suicidal thoughts or talk VERY seriously! They are a definite cry for help; in these types of situations, there is no such thing as crying, “Wolf!” Do not ignore the warning signs simply because an attempt at suicide may not be a first attempt or talk of death or suicide may be a recurring symptom in an individual. The Segals lost their daughter on her second suicide attempt! And if you are thinking about suicide, please talk with someone about your feelings immediately. If you don’t feel you can share your feelings with a family member or friend, please refer to the link above which will guide you to a hotline and/or website that will give you the proper attention and advice. With the right help, the negative and/or suicidal feelings will not last forever. There are rays of hope for even the most depressed and long-time sufferers if they work diligently to seek and receive the proper help and treatment.

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4 comments on “Can I be angry or sad without suffering from depression?

  1. This is a very worthwhile post – and clear and helpful too. I can’t really get over my mum suiciding when I was six, though it’s decades ago. We all need to have a go at life – and look, see what just may happen.

    • dorhora says:

      You’re absolutely correct; life is too important not to fight tooth and nail to save someone. I do hope you find some solace from the pain in these journals. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  2. Dear wordsfallfrommyeyes,
    I agree with dorhora. I would also like to add, you might find it helpful to join a grief and bereavement support group. A safe and supportive space with others who have suffered lost. A safe and supportive environment where you are given permission to share your feelings openly. There is no need to grieve in isolation.

  3. In addition, grief and bereavement support groups are usually facilitated by trained professionals or persons with years of experience in the area of Thanatology(grief and bereavement.) Sometimes, other issues surface and you might find yourself requiring individual therapy. You are not alone. Help is available. Please check the link of resources available here.

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