Emotional Rescue: Your Breakup and Depression Questions, Expertly Answered

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Carol Landau on Jan 5, 2012 at 5:01PM

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Emotional Rescue: Your Breakup and Depression Questions, Expertly Answered

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Know the Difference Between Heartbreak and Depression

As you progress through the phases of a breakup, it’s important to understand that clinical depression is not heartbreak. A major depressive episode involves not only the intense sadness of heartbreak, but also a loss of pleasure in your life. If you are feeling paralyzed, guilty and unable to concentrate; if you’re experiencing changes in your sleep, appetite and activity level; and if these symptoms have lasted most of the day, every day, for two weeks, then you are suffering from a major depressive episode. You may even be thinking about death and suicide. Such symptoms require professional help. Talk with your primary care health professional or a mental health professional about psychotherapy and/or medication. And remember that depression can be effectively treated.

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