4 Differences Between Depression and Grief

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717652_generation_overviewSometimes when grief is not expressed well, it turns into depression. Depression shares common features with grief.  Misdiagnosis can result in overlooking depression when it is present and inappropriately treating grief.

The following graph lists 4 differences between depression & grief. 

  Depression Grief
Moods Moods & feelings are static. Moods & feelings are experienced in waves.
Sadness Sad mood about everything. Sadness is centered on loss.
Intensity Consistent sense of depletion. Feelings diminish in intensity over time.
Self-Image Sense of worthlessness and disturbed self-image. Healthy self-image.

 

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