Sadness is considered to be one of the basic human emotions and it is a natural response to situations involving psychological, emotional, and/or physical pain. Sad feelings often quickly diminish after individuals resolve or come to terms with upsetting experiences.
Individuals who feel sad are often able to identify the cause of their sadness, however many people experiencing depression report difficulty pinpointing the reason they are depressed. While a sad person may maintain hope for the future and may consciously decide to change an unhappy mood, a person experiencing depression may see life as hopeless, and may not be able to cope or overcome symptoms of depression using conscious choice.
Most people will experience feelings of sadness at various points in their lives. Unlike depression, sadness typically does not interfere with a person’s overall social functioning. A period of sadness may last no more than a minute, however feelings of depression can go on for months or even years without relief.
Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl offers therapy that are particularly effective in helping people overcome feelings of sadness, as troubling situations are thoroughly explored and the individual is given the opportunity to express his or her point of view. After opening up, many affected individuals release much emotional stress, clear their thinking, and are better able to resolve the conflict in question.