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SIMILAR CONDITIONS

Depression may be confused with sadness but the understanding of the term sadness is different with respect to grief, mourning and bereavement. For better understanding of these symptoms lets take a situation in which there is death in a family and all the family members are sad due to their loss. Here everyone:

  • mourns which is a normal cultural behavior and practice observed after the death.
  • sadness which is a normal emotion and adaptive after the loss or disappointment.
  • bereavement which is normal state of grief which begins after 2 months of the loss and remains for another 2 months. When the sadness continues for more than 2 months, it becomes bereavement.
  • grief which is time limited it usually lasts for six months to one year. It is normal state that responds to support, empathy and passage of time while depression is a condition requiring medical help.

Depression can be distressing for a person in all the events of everyday life. It can be family relationships, friendships, the ability to work, for children to go to school, sleep and eating pattern.