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difference between clinical depression and being depressed

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There is a huge difference between clinical depression and being depressed. Everyone will experience depression at some point in their life, whether it is due to the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the termination of a relationship. These are all normal life events that cause people to feel sad, or depressed. With this type of depression, it is usually possible to “feel better” by doing one of the things friends often suggest such as going out with friends, taking time for yourself, or going someplace special – basically treating yourself to something that makes you happy. The difference between someone who is depressed because of a life event or stress and one who has a depressive disorder is that these tricks will not “cure” true depression. [continue reading…]