The symptoms of sadness, misery and depression are often confused. To help you identify the experience that applies to you, take a look at the following list:

  • Sadness is an emotional response to experiencing life events that awaken a melancholy, sorrowful or heavy-hearted feeling.

  • Misery is also a response to life circumstances and is best thought of as a prolonged state of sadness that occurs when people find themselves in negative circumstances for a long period of time.

  • Depression is a psychological and emotional state of prolonged sadness accompanied by physical symptoms such as appetite changes, sleep disturbance, low energy, aches and pains and poor concentration, along with feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and loss of motivation.