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Wednesday, May 14, 2008 anonymous, Community Member, asks

Q: Am I depressed or grieving?

I have experienced severe depression, with associate PTSD, since I was very young. My question is: How can I tell the difference between my depression and areas where I am may be grieving? I look at many losses in my life, including ,my husband of 28 years. He is facing a terminal illness.  I used to be the recipient of caregiving, but now am the caregiver. Where does my illness  (bi-polar depression, PTSD)  stop and grieving begin?


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Deborah Gray, Health Guide
5/16/08 11:20am

Caregivers are prone to depression due to the many stresses. If you have experienced depression in the past, this situation is undoubtedly going to set you up to be depressed again.

Dr. Diana Walcutt, Health Guide
11/24/08 1:49pm

Hi Anonymous:

One thing that you need to understand, is that pain is pain. Depression and grief carry with them similar types of pain and both can last a lifetime. However, both can be treated by an expert who understands the grief, death, dying and depression. You are going through (and have gone through) some terrible suffering and you should seek out a therapist and a support group (or two) that are in your area.  You can find a therapist in your area at Psychology Today.


Support groups for caregivers can be located at your local hospital or hospice. You do not have to go through this alone. Please don't feel that you do,


Dr. Diana Walcutt

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By anonymous, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/13/12, First Published: 05/14/08