From Sadness to Depression: How to stop the fall?


Sadness is one of the emotions that accompany every human being.

The Greeks already included it as one of the passions of the soul that differentiated us from the other living creatures. But they also believed that sadness came from the body: they claimed that a black bile produced in the spleen was responsible for this sensation.

Later the bodily was separated from the affective and the physiological signs presented by sad people were studied.

When Romanticism arrived, melancholy was thought to be inherent in every creative process.

However, for Freud, the melancholic was one who, unable to make a normal duel for a lost object, identified with that loss without being able to leave it.

Thus, it is clear that the way sadness is understood goes hand in hand with the era in which one lives, but it is also found that it is a global and intrinsic feeling of the human condition.

You can be sad for many reasons that have to do, in general terms, with the injustices or misfortunes of life; with what happens to those we love, with our helplessness in the face of certain situations, with a project that did not go ahead or costs too much or, even, with feeling misunderstood by others.

All these experiences do not fail to refer us to that situation of helplessness and loneliness in which we are born each and every one of us. However, this universal feeling is not always the same, and it is not the same to be sad than to experience depression.

We fall into this world and we have to deal with it. Be that as it may, these feelings fail to completely paralyze us . At the most, they slow down our daily chores until we find a way out or something else appears that takes us out of the quagmire.


In order for us to call it depression you can use products from, in addition to the possible sadness, two more conditions must be met. These can go unnoticed by those who suffer from them, that is, we may not be aware of them.


Our self may have deteriorated progressively or abruptly after experiencing some rupture, some change, which places us as someone without any value.

In the field of work it can happen to us, for example, that when facing a new type of task or becoming dependent on a new boss, going to work becomes somewhat overwhelming and tedious if we receive constant criticism, we are increasingly required and not We get any kind of recognition.

Our self is weakened by feeling that no one around us realizes the effort or the circumstances we are going through.

Another example: in the love field, ruptures can lead us to feel like a kind of waste or to think that our presence doesn’t matter to anyone.

If these situations are chained with memories of other previous devaluations , our personality becomes impoverished and we even feel that we are useless.


Another condition that occurs when we fall into a depression – and that is still related to the previous one – is that much of our desires die. It is because all the energy has been placed in a single project, be it because the demands of the context so demanded it, we have been leaving in the drawer a whole series of activities and relationships that provided us with satisfactions and sustained us.

Recomposing or re-creating new ties is not an easy task since, at that time, we are caught in a negative image of ourselves.


Keep in mind that these do not always occur , that they may arise from other causes and that vary from person to person. Usually there are sleep and / or appetite disorders , feeling of having a closed stomach, permanent fatigue and difficulty getting out of bed, anxiety …

Whether one or the other symptoms occur depends largely on the character of each one, but also on the gender:

In women these traits are common, but also other alterations such as phobias, migraines or continued psoriasis.

However, in men, depression is more related to a higher intake of alcohol and a hyper-concern about suffering from an incurable disease.


Let’s leave the corner where we have taken refuge and face what distresses us. Let us have the courage to face, little by little, the landscape that oppresses us and open new avenues that connect us with abandoned desires. It is what will save us from depression.


When we feel sad, let’s not try to be happy. And not the opposite. Even when we feel sad, if there are things that generate a smile, an irony or a joke, we should not repress it.

In humans, different feelings can be combined without necessarily being contradictory. Everyone has their raison d’ĂȘtre for the context in which they occur.

Accept the sadness without giving in to it so that it does not end up beating us.


If the penalty is for the loss of a loved one, let’s live the sadness as a tribute . Let us be able to live that sadness as a small tribute to those who were important to us. And then let her go without fear : let’s not hold on to her trying to catch the absent for longer. Memories always remain.


Let’s take advantage of the brands left by sadness to grow as people. Melancholy may be the protagonist of a serious disorder, but the marks that have left unrecoverable losses can also serve as a creative inspiration. In addition, they can pay at the same time the feeling of empathy for those who suffer them.


Let’s pay attention to the first signs that indicate that sadness is overcoming us .

If we begin to feel that our life is meaningless, that the world could do without us or that we are a weirdo without remedy, if we withdraw from everything and everyone around us … alert! We could be going into a depression.

Discouragement, fatigue, insomnia and anguish leave us without strength.

Let’s review the relationships we establish with the people around us. Let’s see if very tense and demanding situations are occurring, be it with the couple, work, family, friends, or with several at the same time. Toxic relationships may be diminishing our self , our personality, and we are retracting inward.


Let’s learn to relativize the opinions that others may have of us. We are constituted, in part, by the image that others return to us (parents, brothers, partners …). That representation that is returned to us is totally partial, it only reflects some of the features that we have manifested outwards.

But, in addition, we must remember that the subject in front of us, the one who can say or say something about how we are, is also another person crossed by his history and his limitations. Your perception is distorted by your own interests and conditions, which makes your objectivity void.

Let’s not let anyone, whoever it is, end up crushing our identity.

Let’s not give excessive prominence to the comments of a despotic boss, an unsatisfied spouse, a family that may not feel questioned, or friendships that may not be so much. They may be, precisely, the least indicated to know the complexity and breadth that defines the human being.

We do not believe that not fitting within a professional profile invalidates our work capacities. Similarly, not fitting into a love profile also makes us unable to feel affection. Our potential is within.