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What Is Depression?

Depression is a condition where you may be experiencing sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness, and disinterest. You may be unmotivated by life in general. These feelings, when occurring over a short period of time, are considered having the blues. However, if these feelings last for a longer period of time and interfere with normal, daily activities, then you are most likely experiencing depression.

Depression Warning Signs

Signs to look for include:

  • Enduring sadness
  • Low self-esteem and self-loathing attitude
  • No interest in what you normally enjoy
  • Feelings of irritability and wanting to isolate
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of energy and concentration (focus)
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Change in appetite and weight
  • Suicidal thoughts

What Is Grief?

Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one or from a terminal diagnosis they or someone they love have received. They might find themselves feeling numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with their sense of loss.

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. It is both a universal and a personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Some examples of loss include the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft, the loss of independence through disability, or the loss of a dream or expectation.

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