After a breakup, it’s totally understandable to feel sad, tearful and even heartbroken for a few weeks, or maybe even a month or two. But a major depressive episode also involves feeling paralyzed, hopeless and unable to concentrate. If you’re experiencing this more serious depression, you’ll notice changes in your sleep, appetite, weight and activity level. You may even be thinking about death and suicide. Such symptoms require professional help. Given the serious nature of depression, it makes sense to employ strategies that will prevent or lessen the chance that heartbreak leads to depression. Read on for my tips for getting through a breakup.