What Is the Meaning of Feeling Blue?

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Feeling blue is an idiom which means feeling unwell, and it is usually associated with unhappiness and depression. Feeling down, blue or sad is a normal experience in life, however, depression occurs when these normal feelings of sadness persist for longer than 2 weeks. When a person is feeling depressed, they should consult with their doctor for available treatment options.

Depression is neither a sign of failure or weakness of an individual nor is it the normal grief experienced when a loved one is lost. The symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of self blame and guilt
  • Planning or thinking of committing suicide
  • Changes in appetite, such as loss of appetite or overeating
  • Overuse of drugs and alcohol
  • Feelings of sadness, helplessness or hopelessness
  • Withdrawing from other people
  • Experiencing feelings of sickness, pains and gastrointestinal problems

There are many ways of helping to minimize the effects of depression, such as:

  • Embracing self-praise when successfully accomplishing a task or goal
  • Being assertive and aware of personal rights
  • Eating well and exercising
  • Assigning a pleasant task to do every day to remain occupied

However, if the condition persists, a doctor should be consulted for an expert referral to a psychologist for further treatment.