Good article on the differences between grief and depression and what to look for.
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The article,” Grief & Depression Are Different, But Here’s How The Line Between Them Gets Blurred, According To Experts” by JR Thorpe states
“Grief and depression both have the ability to turn your life upside down, but it’s commonly understood that grief will likely become less painful after a time, while depression can linger if left unchecked. “When we think about the difference between temporary sadness, grief, and clinical depression,”psychotherapist Whitney Hawkins tells Bustle, “we are talking about three different diagnoses.” But the lines between grief and a diagnosis of depression can be blurred, particularly because grief can develop into depressive episodes in certain circumstances. It’s important to know what’s considered a normal reaction to serious life difficulties, and what indicates the development of a mood disorder.
The emotional signals of grief and the symptoms of depression can indeed overlap. Grief counselor Amanda Ruiz tells Bustle, “Symptoms include a general feeling of sadness or feeling down, loss of energy and/or motivation, decreased interest in activities that you previously enjoyed, any significant changes in your eating/weight/sleeping, feelings of worthlessness, indecisiveness or inattention, and thoughts of death or dying.”
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