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Depression after a major loss is normal, but itís difficult to say whatís a normal amount of time to be depressed, as everyone handles grief differently. However, if the depression does not improve in a reasonable amount of time, it might be necessary to seek treatment from a professional. There are different types of treatment for depression. Many different medications are on the market today, so discuss it with your doctor to find one that works for you. If you try one and donít get results, be sure to contact your physician and try another. Other treatments for depression include therapy, both one-on-one and group therapy and lifestyle changes, such as exercise and changes in your diet. It is vital for anyone suffering from depression to realize that it is a treatable and you do not have to suffer in silence.

Symptoms of depression include:

Persistent anxious feelings

Persistent sad feelings and crying.

Loss of appetite and weight loss.


Oversleeping or wanting to sleep all the time.

Restlessness or irritability.

Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or inappropriate guilty feelings.

Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.

Loss of interest in hobbies or activities once enjoyed.

Withdrawal from family and friends.

Feeling sluggish, slowed down, tired all of the time.

Headaches, digestive problems and chronic pain.

Thoughts of death or suicide.

If you, or someone you know, is having suicide thoughts, contact your family physician immediately, or call:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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