Stressed or Depressed? Know the Difference

Occasional stress can be good for motivating you, for example when there’s a looming deadline, but if it begins to wear you down it can cause problems in your daily life. Chronic stress can affect your overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Depression is more serious and long-lasting than stress, and it’s not something you can just snap out of by yourself. The symptoms can be much more intense and significantly affect your mood. However, with the help of a professional, depression is highly treatable.

However, with the similarities they share, how can you tell the difference between stress disorder and depression?

Common Signs of Stress:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Problems with memory
  • Problems concentrating
  • Change in eating habits
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Feeling angry, irritable or easily frustrated
  • Feeling burned out from studying or schoolwork
  • Feeling that you can’t overcome difficulties in your life
  • Trouble functioning in class or in your personal life

Reducing Stress

If you are stressed out, there are many good ways to get relief. You could have a hot cup of tea, go for a run, spend time with friends or loved ones, or read a book. Yoga classes are also a great stress reliever!

Common Signs of Depression:

  • Withdrawing from other people
  • Feeling sad and hopeless
  • Lack of energy, enthusiasm and motivation
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Being restless, agitated and irritable
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble with memory
  • Feeling bad about yourself or feeling guilty
  • Anger and rage
  • Feeling that you can’t overcome difficulties in your life
  • Trouble functioning in your class or in your personal life
  • Thoughts of suicide

Depression Treatment Help

If you think you might be depressed, contact a physician immediately. Depression can quickly spiral out of control, so its best to discuss treatment options as soon as possible. Our team of caring doctors at Delray Beach Psychiatrist can help you to feel better and regain your happiness.