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Dr. Alan Wolfelt in Death and Grief: A Guide for Clergy shares the following information to help you decide if you are experiencing normal grief or clinical depression.
|Normal Grief||Clinical Depression|
|You are able to respond to comfort and support||You cannot accept comfort or support|
|You are often openly angry||You are irritable and may complain but do not directly express anger|
|You can relate your depressed feelings to your experience of loss||You do not relate experiences to a particular life event|
|You can still experience moments of enjoyment in life||You have a sense of doom that overshadows your days|
|You may have physical complaints that come and go||You have physical complaints most or all of the time|
|You might express guilt over some aspect of the amputation||You feel guilty about most things much of the time|
|These feelings sometimes affect your self-esteem||Your self-esteem is low most of the time|
If you think you are depressed, see your physician or a mental health professional immediately.
To find a mental health professional in your area, contact the following:
National Mental Health Association
TTY Line: 800/433-5959
National Institute of Mental Health
TTY Line: 301/443-8431