Depression and Grief

Depression

Changes in mood are a normal part of the human condition. But when feelings of sadness or other symptoms of depression are severe, continue for prolonged periods of time, or significantly affect daily functioning, you may be suffering from depression.

Symptoms of depression can vary a lot from person to person; however, some of the most common symptoms include:
  • sadness
  • sleep disturbance
  • change in appetite
  • feelings of hopelessness
  • difficulties concentrating
  • memory problems
There are several strategies anyone can use to deal with depression. Remember that depressive feelings and symptoms fall on a continuum, and treatment will be most successful if it’s tailored to your individual situation.
  • identify your early warning signs
  • reduce your overall stress levels 
  • maintain a routine
  • challenge your negative thinking
  • seek professional help
More strategies to deal with depression

Grief

We all know the word grief, and have probably used it at some point to describe how we feel. But how do you define grief, and how is it different from being sad? The characteristic that distinguishes grief is that it typically happens as a result of a loss, or a specific big change. This can mean things like:
  • moving away from your home town or city
  • loss of a friendship
  • your parents divorcing
  • the death of a pet
  • a major change in your health

Grief feels a little different for each individual, but there are strategies to deal with it, including:

  • identify any myths you hold about grieving
  • reduce some of your expectations of yourself
  • be patient with your grief
  • participate in grief rituals
  • join a support group
More strategies to deal with grief