I burst into tears when I read this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried explaining or describing depression, but I’ve never come close to the clarity in The Understanders. Much thanks to Miss Hastywords for her beautiful and brilliant words.



Depression is NOT an emotion or mood.

It might be described as a mood disorder and definitely moods/emotions are part of what is exhibited with depression but I think the description is deceptive.  Sure depressed people FEEL sad, anxious, helpless, and/or worthless; but depression is a physical disease.

Sadness (also called heavy-heartedness) is emotional pain associated with, or characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, helplessness, disappointment and sorrow. An individual experiencing sadness may become quiet or lethargic, and withdraw themselves from others. Crying is often an indication of sadness.

Sadness is one of the “six basic emotions” described by Paul Ekman, along with happiness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust ~wikipedia

Sadness is an emotion that can maybe be turned into happiness through meditation, kind words, or a more optimistic attitude.  Sadness might be turned into happiness by listening to happy music or by spending time…

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