Grief and depression are quite different but they can appear similar as they can both lead to feelings of intense sadness, insomnia, poor appetite and weight loss. Depression stands out from grief as being more persistent, with constant feelings of emptiness and despair and a difficulty feeling pleasure or joy.
The sadness that you feel after your loss may never go away completely, but it won’t remain the focus of your thinking over time. Your relationship to grief will change; depression may not. If you notice that depression symptoms continue, or your grief begins to get in the way of how you live, work, share relationships or live day-to-day, then it is important to get support or professional help.
If you feel sad for weeks on end, find yourself low on energy or motivation, or no longer enjoy doing things that used to interest you; you might be experiencing depression. It’s not necessarily about feeling sad.
Depression is often a numb feeling rather than sadness. Often it’s not something you can control or just get over like the ‘blues’. Causes of depression can include factors such as personality, family history, drug and alcohol abuse as well as life events or traumatic experiences.
Depression is a serious disorder that can take a terrible toll on individuals and families. It often gets worse if it isn’t treated. Untreated depression can result in emotional, behavioural and health problems that affect every area of your life.
If you have lost a loved one, a relationship, job, pet, or way of life. If you think you’re depressed and everything feels too much you may benefit from seeing a counsellor to support you through this difficult time.