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Distinguishing Grief from Depression

Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish grief from depression. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that grief after loss of a loved one is a normal reaction to the loss and generally does not require professional mental health evaluation and possible treatment.

However, grief that is complicated and lasts for a very long time following a loss could lead to depression and may require treatment.

If you think you or a loved one might be depressed, seek evaluation and treatment from a mental health professional. You can find information about local mental health care providers on the State of Delaware website.

Learn more about depression from the National Institute of Mental Health.

We provide support for those grieving the recent loss of a loved one. Please call us at (302) 368-9500 to learn more about our aftercare services and support groups, or visit our Dealing with Grief page.

Find further resources for dealing with grief from the Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium.

 
If someone you know is mourning the loss of a loved one, here are some resources that may help you support a grieving friend or relative.