Here’s how you can distinguish grief from depression.
While grief and depression are not the same, they do share a few signs and symptoms – such as feelings of deep sadness, insomnia, poor appetite and weight loss – so they can appear similar. Nevertheless, there are important differences between them. Here’s how you can distinguish one from the other.
According to NHS Choices:
Grief is an entirely natural response to a loss, while depression is an illness.
People who are grieving find their feelings of loss and sadness come and go, but they're still able to enjoy things and look forward to the future.
In contrast, people who are depressed have a constant feeling of sadness. They don't enjoy anything and find it hard to be positive about the future.
If you suspect that you have depression, or if you have symptoms that significantly affect how you live, work or share relationships day-to-day, then it’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible. You can also call beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.
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