There may not seem to be a major difference between feeling sad and depressed, but there are conditions that differentiate these mental states. In this short video, Dr. Maja Ivankovic, Psy.D. explains that clinical depression includes the feeling of sadness, lack of energy, loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and difficulties focusing on tasks. She also tells how people suffering from depression may have an increase or decrease in sleep and appetite. Additionally, they may feel worthless, unlovable and inadequate, which can lead to suicide. The good news is that depression is treatable. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, research local options for seeking help from a medical professional. If you are located in the Northern Virginia area, visit the IPS Center website for more information on our services provided to those struggling with depression. To become a mental health professional, request information about our graduate degrees in psychology or counseling.