Grief and Depression Part 2

Christmas candle bokeh with multiple flames but focus to the buring wick of only one candle with copyspaceGrief and depression can intersect in ways that cause confusion for those who mourn. It can be difficult for mourners to know if they are also depressed during their time of sorrow.

•    Some who grieve may have experienced depression prior to their loss or are already depressed at the time of their loss and consequently are grieving and depressed.

•    Some mourners may experience grief and never become depressed.

•    Some may have never experienced depression, but the stress of grief develops into depression.

Be careful to not automatically assume grief is depression. And be self-caring enough to seek help if you have a risk of depression or are concerned your normal sorrow is becoming depression.

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Dr. Patrick O’Malley is a psychotherapist in Fort Worth, Texas, specializing in grief counseling. For 35 years, he has counseled individuals, couples and families in his private practice. Dr. O'Malley has recently published a book, "Getting Grief Right" about grief recovery.

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