You Can Be Depressed Without Being Sad

Not only do most people who commit suicide have a depressive disorder, but people who have a depressive disorder in conjunction with a chronic physical illness are at a higher risk for disability or premature death. It is important to identify and treat depressive disorders, but identifying them may not be as easy as it sounds because it is possible to be clinically depressed without feeling sad. There are two cardinal symptoms of a depressive disorder: deep sadness and “anhedonia,” which means not taking pleasure in anything. A person must have only one of the cardinal symptoms, in combination with lesser symptoms, to be diagnosed with a depressive disorder.

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