What Happens When A Breakup Becomes Depression?

Truthfully, I don’t remember how I’ve gotten through most of my breakups. That’s because they made me so depressed that I spent them watching TV and essentially becoming the filling of a Snuggie-and-couch sandwich. It just so happens that forgetting these particularly low moments of my life is one coping mechanism my brain has chosen to keep me going. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a healthy one. And, unfortunately, that’s why those of us who deal with depression have to be prepared to take a few extra precautions when it comes to breakups.

“It’s normal to be sad after the end of a relationship, have a bit of an empty feeling, and question yourself,” says Michael Brustein, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in New York City. “But, ultimately, although you’re sad, you still have your sense of self intact and feel lovable — you’re able to maintain the hope and belief that there will be somebody else.”

However, those darker feelings of depression can easily overlap with our usual sentiments after the end of a relationships. “Some of the hallmark features of depression are feelings of helplessness and worthlessness and a loss of hope for the future,” says Chloe Carmichael, …read more

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