The Difference Between Grief and Depression

difference between grief and depression

As I mentioned in the post Help for Grief, grief is a natural response to divorce but it should not last forever, and it should not control your life.

What is Grief

The definition of grief is this – Grief is the normal response to sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. Grief is typical of a person that has lost a loved one, lost a job, or gone through a divorce.

There is no doubt that you will feel depressed and grief when going through a divorce. You will feel empty and numb as if you are in shock. You will likely have a physical reaction to the grief such as; trouble sleeping, lack of appetite, dry mouth, trembling, muscle weakness, trouble breathing, and nausea. The whole situation and subsequent ones may make you angry. You might even feel anger towards your ex, yourself or just be angry. Almost everyone in grief will also experience guilt, which is often expressed as “I could have, I should have, and I wish I would have” statements.
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