Depression versus Mourning.

What is the difference between depression and mourning?

Depression and mourning hold many similarities. Depression has been differentiated from mourning as depression has been viewed as a longer, ongoing sadness that impacts the person’s ability to function effectively in life. Everyone mourns differently; therefore someone in mourning could potentially meet the criteria for a Major Depressive Episode. With this in mind maybe we haven’t given enough thought to whether some people who are depressed are grieving some loss…

In a recent conversation with a friend she posed the question to me of whether maybe depression really is a type of mourning. Maybe people with depression are sometimes grieving the way they wish things were. We do know that depressed people tend to view the world in more negative and pessimistic ways; however, maybe it goes deeper.

Maybe the negativity we see in the thinking of depressed people is about their grief and loss of relationships, career dreams, family ideals or visions of success they saw for themselves.

By no means do I suggest everyone who is depressed is grieving or in mourning, however I do believe some people may be…

Ultimately, depression varies in how it develops and presents for each individual. I think the thoughts above remind us to treat each person as an individual. By understanding better those in mourning and in depression we can undoubtedly better help them to overcome their struggles.