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What are the differences between 'normal' and maladaptive behaviors and behavior patterns specifically with sadness and clinical depression?

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1. What are the differences between 'normal?and maladaptive behaviors and behavior patterns specifically with sadness and clinical depression?

"Normal?sadness is situation specific and everyone feels sad once in awhile, like when a person loses a job or a friend forgets to meet her or him for lunch. This type of sadness is normal and is only experienced for a short period to time and does not affect other areas of the person's life. Even though a sense of sadness might occur when the situation comes to mind again, this is part of "normal?sadness. The person can still go to work and laugh at a joke; the person can still get up and enjoy the day to some extent, even if the sadness is caused by grief for a loved one. Sadness associated with grief is still a "normal" reaction to lose.

However, this is not the case with clinical depression, which results in a set of "maladaptive behaviors and behavior patterns? Although a specific or a set of events might have triggered the depressive episode, it is pervasive and affects all areas of a person's life. The person cannot enjoy other parts of her or his life. The person cannot smile or laugh at a joke. ...

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