Grief & Depression

The difference between grief and depression

Distinguishing between grief and clinical depression isn’t always easy as they share many symptoms, but there are ways to tell the difference. Remember, grief can be a roller coaster. It involves a wide variety of emotions and a mix of good and bad days. Even when you’re in the middle of the grieving process, you will have moments of pleasure or happiness. With depression, on the other hand, the feelings of emptiness and despair are constant.

Other symptoms that suggest depression, not just grief:

  • Intense, pervasive sense of guilt
  • Thoughts of suicide or a preoccupation with dying
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Slow speech and body movements
  • Inability to function at work, home, and/or school
  • Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there

Can antidepressants help grief?

As a general rule, normal grief does not warrant the use of antidepressants. While medication may relieve some of the symptoms of grief, it cannot treat the cause, which is the loss itself. Furthermore, by numbing the pain that must be worked through eventually, antidepressants delay the mourning process.

The difference between depression and grief – Courant.com
http://www.courant.com/sc-health-1114-grief-or-depression-20121114,0,7428592.story
The line between grief and depression blurs, and often we use the words interchangeably because some of the symptoms are similar. While 30 million Americans will suffer from depression at least once in their lives, a 2007 study found one out of every four people told they have depression could, in fact, be grieving.

 

 

The difference between depression and grief – wdbj7.com
http://www.wdbj7.com/news/nationworld/sc-health-1114-grief-or-depression-20121114,0,5114026.story
The line between grief and depression blurs, and often we use the words interchangeably because some of the symptoms are similar. While 30 million Americans will suffer from depression at least once in their lives, a 2007 study found one out of every four people told they have depression could, in fact, be grieving.

 

What Is the Difference Between Grief and Depression
http://depression.about.com/od/grief/a/griefdepression.htm
Depression which lingers beyond what is expected could be a sign that the stress of grieving has triggered a Major Depressive Episode. According to the DSM-IV, a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder is generally not given unless symptoms have lasted beyond two months.

 

The difference between grieving and depression - Los Angeles ...The difference between grieving and depression – Los Angeles …
http://www.examiner.com/article/the-difference-between-grieving-and-depression

 

Difference between Grief and Depression | Depression Support HelpDifference between Grief and Depression | Depression Support Help
http://www.depressionsupporthelp.com/difference-between-grief-and-depression

 

 

The difference between depression and grief – tidewaterreview.com
http://www.tidewaterreview.com/features/health/sc-health-1114-grief-or-depression-20121114,0,2339753.story
The line between grief and depression blurs, and often we use the words interchangeably because some of the symptoms are similar. While 30 million Americans will suffer from depression at least once in their lives, a 2007 study found one out of every four people told they have depression could, in fact, be grieving.

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NORMAL GRIEF AND CLINICAL DEPRESSION
http://www.fullerton.edu/universityblues/depression/depression_grievance.htm
GENDER DIFFERENCES IN THE GRIEVING PROCESS. Here are a few websites that address gender grieving differences. Grief is the normal reaction of responding to a loss, and the process of grieving usually involves expending physical and emotional energy.

 

Difference between Grief and Depression | Depression Therapy ...Difference between Grief and Depression | Depression Therapy …
http://www.depressiontherapyprograms.com/difference-between-grief-and-depression

 

Is It Grief or Depression? (Or Complicated Grief?)Is It Grief or Depression? (Or Complicated Grief?)
http://www.choosehelp.com/depression/is-it-grief-or-depression-or-complicated-grief

 

 

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