Grief and Depression

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Grief and Depression
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 3:26pm

The American Psychiatric Association is working an update to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and one proposal is that it will exclude bereavement as part of the depression definition.

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Thu, 04-26-2012 - 4:43pm
I have to agree with it to an extent. Depression implies that something is wrong with the way your brain is functioning, and while our behavior and feelings can be pretty intense, they are appropriate for the trauma we have been through. Don't pop me on a pill just because it is uncomfortable for you to be around (our society is horrible when it comes to grief or anything surrounding death- we are a society in denial).

Now, if you feel you need help, there is absolutely nothing wrong with medication. But I'm not sad for some random unreasonable reason or no reason at all- I lost my son!
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Registered: 05-18-2008
Wed, 02-01-2012 - 9:08am

I am going to have to read up on the article but I will share my experience. For me personally, anti-depressants didn't help after we lost Bregan. There are some believe that certain AD's make depression worse especially in short situations that it is prescribed for - grief, loss, short term issues. I felt so tired on AD's that I quit taking them and actually felt so much better going to the gym or taking a Zumba class. It also helped with the stupid pp weight as well. To me, bereavement and grief, can be separate things from depression, but both leave you with a depressed feeling if that makes sense.