It can oftentimes be very difficult to tell the difference between a loved one experiencing grief and a loved one suffering from depression.
The reason these two syndromes are difficult to differentiate between are because the symptoms for both depression and grief are very similar and both are experienced when someone has passed away and when someone is depressed.
The main symptoms of depression are sadness, despair, low energy, fatigue and other changes in sleep patterns, crying and change in appetite.
The main symptoms of grief are the exactly same as the main symptoms of depression; sadness, despair, low energy, fatigue and other changes in sleep patterns, crying and change in appetite.
Other symptoms of both depression and grief that are very common among individuals experiencing either are poor concentration or the individual being easily distracted, a feeling and attitude of guilt and hopelessness, and overall sadness and replaying of sad memories aloud.
Another thing to keep in mind is that everyone handles grief differently and everyone experiences depression and symptoms of depression differently. Another important thing to keep in mind is that people can experience feelings of grief for a multitude of reasons and not just when they have lost a loved one to death.
People can feel and experience feelings of grief when going through a divorce, when arguing with a good friend, when losing a job and when losing a pet.
If someone has been grieving awhile and is now exhibiting the following symptoms they have most likely slipped into a great depression: feelings of worthlessness and expressing these feelings of worthlessness, an exaggerated sense of guilt, if the individual discusses suicide or has suicidal tendencies, low self esteem in the individual in question, when the individual is overly agitated or irritated that is most definitely a symptom of exaggerated depression as opposed to symptoms of grief, and when the individual does not snap out of the fatigue and appetite changes the person has slipped from feeling of grief to most likely a depressive state.
If you see yourself in the above symptoms or if you see a loved one described you should contact a healthcare professional or talk to your loved one immediately.
Grief is normal however should be monitored and addressed if the stages of grief have been elongated and are now lingering into a depressive state. The depressive state can and will be dangerous to the health and safety of the individual.