Tag: mental disorder

Grief or Depression? How to Tell When Grieving Goes Too Far. Part 2

by on Sep.02, 2011, under Grief & Coping

If — to use a bit of psychoanalytic jargon I should probably not entitle myself — the internal “object representation” of the lost person is “ambivalently held,” in other words, too equally constituted of love and anger, that anger can turn against the self. Once thought to be the psychological basis of depression, “anger turned inwards” still bears on some differences between depression and normal grief. For example, the depressed person, more than the person bereaved, may show signs of self-hatred, such as inappropriate and excessive guilt, loss of self-esteem, or feelings of worthlessness. (continue reading…)

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