Members josephtmacgregor Posted August 29, 2012 Members Report Share Posted August 29, 2012 When does grieving become depression, and when is depression actually "just" grieving? i am severely depressed, seeing a doctor & counselor, on medication..but the pain associated with my depression is regarding the death of a family member and life long friend several years ago, the pain of which I never dealt with. Additionally the loss of a career for medical reasons, a career that defined the past 35 years of my life as a professional, but to me that matters less than the loved one(s) I have lost! I have the immense blessing of a truly loving and supportive family of my own. They say time dulls the pain of loss but when you choose to ignore the grieving process for a long time, and then it comes back to bite you.....what then?? I feel like a terrible failure as a husband, father, uncle, as a man, I have so many relying on me and the guilt of failing them is overwhelming. Rlelationships in my life are good and strong, but on some levels I feel like I am just going through the motions even though things seem ok from the outside. I have never felt this way in my life before- believe it or not I am a naturally optimistic person and always the mediator for others..not used to feeling so stuck in the trenches of negativity, or so needy of the help of a third party/counselor. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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