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Normal Sadness vs. Depression

Sadness is a very normal and useful emotion. We can't avoid sadness. It's part of the natural ups and downs in life. However, sometimes if sadness feels like it's really pervasive and taking over, it may be a sign that there is a depressive disorder going on. Depression disorders have many different features and there are different types. However, what they all have in common is that there is a fundamental inability to function in life's roles, so when sadness is taking over and you're unable to perform at work, be present in your relationships or it's impacting the way you feel about yourself, that may be a sign that it's time to seek treatment, as sadness has become a depressive disorder.

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Featured Apps for Depression

Pacifica

Pacifica

This highly rated app uses meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy to manage...

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Stop, Breathe, and Think

Stop, Breathe, and Think

The name summarizes almost everything the app aims to offer you. Stop, Breathe & Think...

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Calm

Calm

As the name suggests, the Calm app is designed to help the user calm down and relax...

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Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax

Just as illustrated in the name, Breath2Relax teaches you how to use deep breathing exercises to...

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Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM)

Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM)

Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM) encourages you to develop different ways of dealing with...

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Relax Melodies

Relax Melodies

Sleep deprivation is a major source of stress. Relax Melodies helps you fight stress-related insomnia...

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MoodKit

MoodKit

MoodKit is based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Users gain access to over...

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TalkLife

TalkLife

TalkLife is simple to use. It’s basically an online community where members can easily find...

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Daylio

Daylio

This app’s functionality is simple, fun, and easy to use for people of all ages and...

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Headspace

Headspace

Headspace is one of the most comprehensive apps available for meditation and mindfulness...

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7 Cups

7 Cups

If you’re searching for an app that has the numbers to back its claims for assistance with symptoms of depression, look no further than 7 Cups.

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Moodpath

Moodpath

If you’re concerned about your mental health, download the Moodpath app to test yourself before you acquire a clinical diagnosis.

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Happify

Happify

Instead of letting your emotions control you, wouldn’t you rather learn to control your emotions? Happify is an app that gives you the essential

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Moodnotes

Moodnotes

If you find it hard to explain the symptoms you feel when dealing with depression, learn to verbalize your feeling through Moodnotes.

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SuperBetter

SuperBetter

One way to fight depression is to engage in simple activities to promote healthy habit building. This is the idea behind SuperBetter.

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The Sims FreePlay

The Sims FreePlay

While many children and adults alike have enjoyed the creative gameplay of The Sims series for years, the new Sims FreePlay has exhibited traits

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Youper

Youper

On the website, Youper claims that it can help you feel less anxious, less stressed, and less blue. In terms of improvement,the app boasts it can

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Talkspace

Talkspace

Who better than an Olympian to testify to the benefits of a therapeutic app for depression? That’s right, Michael Phelps admitted to struggling

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Moment

Moment

If you’re like many, you may find using your phone too often is taking way from your ability to be engaged in the real world. Social media is a

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Depression Bipolar Support Alliance: DBSA envisions wellness for people living with depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

Advocates assisting Americans in receiving Social Security Disability benefits by analyzing their claim, then assisting in the completion of a comprehensive application for disability benefits. Along with our experienced appeal knowledge we ensure disabled Americans receive the disability benefits they deserve.

is an international nonprofit membership organization (with more than 1,800 professional mental health members) and a leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, depression and related disorders. More than 25 million people from around the world visit the ADAA website annually to find current treatment and research information and to access free resources and support. Together we are changing lives. Welcome!

Our mental health programs reach individuals at all stages of their life, spanning from teenagers to older adults.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.