A Passer-by notices and kindly asks:
“Hello my friend. How are you?”
“I’m not happy.” Depressed Little Prince replies.
“I’m indeed upset.”
“So…Are you Depressed Little Prince?” The passer-by asks.
Depressed Little Prince answers, “Perhaps I am merely sad.”
|An ordinary emotional reaction to adversities such as loss or disappointment. It is nonetheless normal and acceptable provided that the response and perception remain realistic, logical, and undistorted.
|Thoughts and perception are distorted in some ways. The effects of such distortion can be a serious burden.
|An explicit sadness which one understands that there is a way out, either knowingly or unconsciously, and that the sadness will go away.
|A feeling of a never-ending unhappiness.
|Alleviate the blues by diverting attention to other things.
|At least two weeks of incessant barrage of depressive thoughts.
|Grieve goes away eventually; the low mood does little to one’s self-esteem.
|Depressive symptoms tend to persist or recur, causing harm to one’s self-esteem
|Does not affect much on interpersonal relationships, or performance at school or at work.
|Affects interpersonal relationships, performance at school or at work significantly.