Depression After A Loss

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A problem that many people deal with throughout their lifetime is depression. Depression is a clinical problem that can occur for various reasons.

In many instances, it is a chemical imbalance that is the root cause the medical condition depression. The onset of depression can manifest itself on its own or can be triggered by a specific scenario or event.

For the purpose of this article we’ll discuss dealing with a state of depression occurring after the loss of a loved one.

The first aspect that we need to discuss about depression and the loss of a loved one is that everyone will experience some level of grieving for a period of time. Grieving is a natural process that we all go through after such a traumatic event in our lives. The act of grieving is not in and of itself a sign of clinical depression. However, statistically speaking about 33 percent of people feel a sense of depression after a loss for as long as a month after the loss; and approximately 15% continue with feelings of depression for up to a year or longer after the loss of a loved one.

A diagnosis of clinical depression is arrived at because the patient is experiencing chronic sadness and a lack of energy that lasts for two weeks or longer without a break in the mood. Persistent thoughts of death and suicide are a couple of symptoms that accompany cases of clinical depression.

After the loss of a loved one, the warning signs of depression to be aware of include feelings of having no worth to one’s life. Also, these feelings many times are accompanied with a chronic lack of energy leads to the inability for one to get back together… even enough to leave one’s house. If you or someone you know is exhibiting this type of behavior it could very well be time to seek professional help.

Experiencing the loss of a loved one by someone who has battled symptoms of depression in the past, or someone who lacks a good support network of friends and family puts this type of person at even greater risk for depression to set in. If you know someone who fits this type of profile you should take extra care to monitor their feels and be as supportive as possible.

When a traumatic event such as the loss of a loved occurs in you life, dealing with such a loss is difficult for anyone. Make a concerted effort to remember the positive aspects and the good things about the person and be certain to keep social contact when you are dealing with your grief.

If you can’t shake your grieving, and feel as though you are slipping from your grief into a chronic state of depression with no break in the feelings, speak with your doctor or other mental health professional. Do not allow feelings or thoughts of even suicide begin to dominate your thought processes.

Healthcare professionals do have options and treatments available to them to help cure your depression. If you are struggling, don’t ignore the problem and hope that it will go away.

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