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The Difference Between Sadness and Depression

May 10, 2016

Sadness is a normal human emotion. We?ve all experienced it and we all will?again. Sadness is usually triggered by a difficult, hurtful, challenging, or disappointing event, experience, or?situation. In other words, we tend to feel sad about something. This also means that when that something changes, when our emotional hurt fades, when we?ve adjusted or gotten over the loss or disappointment, our sadness remits.

Depression is an abnormal emotional state, a mental illness that affects our thinking, emotions, perceptions, and behaviours in pervasive and chronic ways. When we?re depressed we feel sad about everything. Depression does not necessarily require a difficult event or situation, a loss, or a change of circumstance as a trigger. In fact, it often occurs in the absence of any such triggers. People?s lives on paper might be totally fine?they would even admit this is true?and yet they still feel horrible.

Depression colours all aspects of our lives, making everything less enjoyable, less interesting, less important, less loveable, and less worthwhile. Depression saps our energy, motivation, and ability to experience joy, pleasure, excitement, anticipation, satisfaction, connection, and meaning. All your thresholds tend to be lower. You?re more impatient, quicker to anger and get frustrated, quicker to break down, and it takes you longer to bounce back from everything.

In either case talking to a professional counsellor can help you process your pain, gain clarity and receive the support you may need to pick yourself up again.

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Colitis and Lifestyle

Thank you to Genya, our Naturopath and Acupuncturist, for sharing this blog. Colitis, also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)is a chronic condition, and is the most common inflammatory bowel disease. Its main symptom is the presence of bloody diarrhea. . . . . .

Physiotherapy and Mastitis – Update

Updated mastitis guidelines were released in 2022, which have recommended some changes in how we view mastitis and how we manage it. Mastitis is now considered a spectrum of inflammatory conditions of the lactating breast. Symptoms can include redness, breast . . . . .
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By Naomi Rubinstein, Counsellor Day 7: Declare date night. Many of my couples tell me they experience loneliness in their marriage. Some say they live parallel lives with their partners. John and Julie Gottman’s research shows that the average amount . . . . .
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Relationship Building Habits Part 7:

By Naomi Rubinstein, Counsellor DAY 6: Reach out and Touch. These 10 habits are practiced by couples in happy, thriving relationships, where both partners are satisfied sexually:
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