Is Depression Normal After A Breakup?
There are many emotions that people will feel following a relationship breakup. Not everyone will react in the same way. The depth of the emotions that are experienced will vary from person to person as well. Among the many emotions that we can experience depression is normal after a break-up.
The length of the relationship doesnt necessarily impact how you will feel when a relationship ends. For example, someone in a long term, committed relationship may be devastated if it comes to an end. They have suffered a huge loss. Someone in a short term relationship can be just as devastated if they had high expectations or gave of themselves spiritually and emotionally quickly into the relationship.
When we lose that intimate bond that we had with another person we are losing much more. Yes, the daily sharing with that person is gone but in addition to that an entire social network may be collapsing as well. The shared activities, family, friends, a home will all change now. They may completely cease to exist in our lives and we are forced to start over. This loss can have a major effect on how we feel and depression is a state that we could easily fall into.
Depression is normal after a breakup as it is one of the five stages of grief you may experience after suffering a loss. It doesnt matter if you are an adult or teenager. You are not immune from depression. It is possible that as a teenager you may be more susceptible to falling into a depressive state simply because your life experiences have not prepared you for dealing with loss as an adult would. An adult may have more experience with loss and how to deal with it. They are "harder" in some comparisons and may know how to bounce back more quickly.
In order know if you are depressed you must be able to recognize the signs of depression. These are sleeplessness, anxiety, hopelessness, loss of motivation, suicidal thoughts, lethary, lack of concentration, indecision, loss of appetite, and no desire to socialize. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms for more than two weeks it is a good idea to consult your doctor for advice and treatment.
Depression is normal after a breakup. It is important that you realize it and let yourself experience it. It is part of the path of recovering from a painful relationship breakup. The key is to recognize when you are depressed and to take action if you are not coming out of the depressive state.
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Peter Harris is a health care professional and author and writes frequently about relationships.