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Can you develop major depression when you are grieving from the loss of a loved one?

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Sometimes a major depression can develop along with the normal feelings of loss or sadness linked with grief. Whereas normal sadness as part of a grief reaction may subside after several months, major depression is a medical disorder that is different from normal grief and can happen even in the immediate aftermath of the death of a loved one. In order to get better, you'll need treatment.

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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