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Can a doctor help me tell the difference between grief and depression?

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When you lose someone or something dear to you, it's natural to feel pain and grief. The grief process is normal, and most people go through it. But when grief takes over your life and you begin to feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless, then it's time to talk to your doctor about telling the difference between normal grief and depression.

From: Grief and Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

National Institute on Aging: "Don't Let the Blues Hang Around."

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Depression."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center: "How to Deal with Grief."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

National Institute on Aging: "Don't Let the Blues Hang Around."

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Depression."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center: "How to Deal with Grief."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

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