Originally Posted by Doc50
This is NOT the definition of depression.
Clinical depression is characterized by the depletion of one or more neurotransmitters (such as serotonin) that lead to a loss of control and/or regulation of mood, coping skills, and rationale.
These are serious biochemical changes which one cannot simply wish away or ignore. A continuous week of this loss of regulation should prompt a visit with a licensed councellor or physician.
It's a real shame that in our language the same word is used for both a serious medical issue and transient feelings of sadness that we all go through.
C&L, it sounds like you're dealing with grief. Everyone goes through it and it does pass. Death is part of life and we all feel its effects when it happens to a loved one, but you will be okay. As the others said, talk to people, be social, and take care of yourself physically -- work out hard, eat well, go outside and get some sun, and try to sleep on a normal schedule.
If your feelings last for many weeks, along with feeling unable to function or accomplish the most basic task, contact a mental health professional.
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