The term depression is being used quite commonly these days. While I would like to believe this to be a mark of growing awareness regarding mental health, that is not exactly true! Often, ‘depression’ or ‘depressed’ are used loosely as synonyms for sadness. This leads not only to misunderstanding, but even trivialisation of a debilitating health condition, preventing people from reaching out for timely treatment. To avoid labelling all sadness as depression, and more importantly, to know the warning signs – it is important to understand what depression is.
Whether you are grieving the death of a parent, a child, a sibling, partner, grandparent, friend or pet - no one knew them the way you did. The relationship you shared with them was unlike their relationship with anyone else. So it is natural that no one else feels the loss in the exact same way that you do. And that’s OK. It does not mean another person’s pain is any less or more than yours. Respect the fact that this is a personal and individual response.