Any psychologist will tell you that these feelings are part and parcel of an absolute divorce – but sometimes there’s a little more to the story.
Depression is different. While your Charlotte divorce lawyer can’t diagnose you with depression, he or she may be able to give you the name of someone who can help you through this tough time.
So how do you answer the question, “Am I depressed?”
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
When most of us think of depression, we think of debilitating sadness – the kind where getting out of bed every day is a struggle. Things get tricky during divorce, because feeling this way for a day, or even a few days at a time, is pretty normal. However, stressful events like divorce can trigger depression. Symptoms of depression include:
- Feelings of sadness or emptiness
- Feeling very tired
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Sleep disturbances (not sleeping enough or sleeping too much
- Appetite problems (overeating or not wanting to eat at all)
- Thoughts and plans of suicide
- Physical symptoms such as aches and pains, digestive problems or headaches
Depression causes people to have trouble with everyday life for several days, weeks or months at a time.
If You Suspect You Are Suffering from Depression During Divorce
If you suspect that you are suffering from depression, it doesn’t hurt to talk to a professional who can help distinguish whether you’re experiencing normal emotions as part of your divorce or if you have the medical condition of depression.
You don’t have to ask your attorney for a referral. You can ask friends and family if they know a talented local professional or even do your own Internet search (but be sure to read patient reviews of any psychologist or psychiatrist you’re considering working with).
The important thing is that you get help if you need it. You don’t have to suffer from depression – it makes your life more difficult, and you deserve better.