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Depression after a breakup: treatments and support

Some people are able to get over a breakup quickly. However, others find it more difficult and need more time. It is normal. However, in extreme cases, some people may become depressed after a breakup. In this article, we will tell you what the symptoms of depression are and how we can overcome this situation.

Depression or a normal reaction after the breakup?

Being sad is normal

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It is normal that after the end of a relationship we feel sadness, because we are ending a future project with another person.

First, it is essential to distinguish between what is a normal reaction to a breakup and a depression. Indeed, even if the relationship has not been very important, it is perfectly normal to present certain feelings and emotions when it ends. Thus, within what is considered a normal reaction, we can find:

  • Frustration
  • Sadness
  • Crying
  • Insomnia
  • Reluctance and loss of interest

It is, therefore, perfectly normal to go through a “grief phase” over a relationship that has died. It is, after all, a loss. So there is nothing to worry about. However, the time of this duel will depend on each person. Indeed, some take longer while others can overcome it more quickly.

We recommend you read:  How to overcome an emotional breakup

The Depression

On the other hand, in depression after a break, the symptoms do not disappear in weeks, even months. In fact, they can get worse. Thus, among its symptoms we can highlight:

  • Loss of interest in any type of activity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleeping little or sleeping too much
  • Intense feeling of emptiness and hopelessness
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite
  • The depressed person moves slowly, even talks and thinks slowly
  • Difficult to focus
  • In extreme cases, suicidal thoughts or tendencies

What to do in case of depression after a breakup?

The best and most effective way to overcome depression is to see a specialist. Indeed, it will be able to guide the depressed person from a professional level and initiate the most appropriate type of therapy for each case. In this regard, you can recommend:

Psychological treatment

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Proper emotional management in a break-up process can bring benefits in terms of self-love, self-acceptance, maturity and decision-making.

Interpersonal or cognitive behavioral therapy will consist of changing negative thoughts and overcoming or avoiding the obsession or idealization of the other person or the broken relationship, or the feeling of anger, if it exists. In this sense, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoanalysis are the most common forms of therapy.

Also, relaxation techniques may be recommended that will have a very positive impact on the depressed person.

Psychopharmacological treatment

Always depending on the severity of the case, certain antidepressant medications may be prescribed .

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Other recommendations

There are other types of recommendations related to depression after a breakup.

  • For example, it is highly advisable to do physical exercise . Indeed, the release of endorphins will help the depressed person to feel better and to overcome their condition. However, you don’t need to go to a gym, just walk, walk or ride a bike.
  • Another recommendation is to keep busy. In this sense, it is recommended to start something new. This, in turn, can range from something as simple as starting to read a book to starting a new life project.
  • In addition, as we will see later, it is important not to isolate yourself and promote contact and friendship with other people .
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol as a means of escape or comfort.
  • Eat well and in a balanced way, that is, seek physical balance with healthy habits. 
  • Get adequate sleep and rest .

Support in depression after a breakup

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Socializing is one of the keys that will help us face what happened and overcome the breakup process in a healthy way.

In any case, for the depressed person it is always essential to  have the support of family and friends. In this sense, it is even advisable to make new friends, expand the social circle, regain contact with previous friends, etc.

Indeed, one of the keys to overcoming the problem is socializing . This will help to divert the focus from the person or relationship that has ended and the mood. In addition, precisely in the case of depression, expressing emotions and talking about the subject with those closest to you can help very positively.

However, many times the depressed person is unable to socialize and shuns contact with others. In this sense, the question arises of how to help a person suffering from depression after a breakup .

  • First of all, it is recommended to learn what depression is and what its symptoms are. Knowledge is always a weapon and the most important tool.
  • Talk to the depressed person and encourage treatment. It is important that we indicate that your condition has a solution, that it will be better if it is treated and managed in the appropriate way. However, the decision to start treatment must always be made by the person affected.
  • Seek help immediately if suicidal thoughts or thoughts are detected .
  • Offer support. Listen, reinforce positive thoughts, make plans with the depressed person (go shopping, have a drink, etc.).
  • Be patient. Getting out of depression can be a slow and difficult process. However, we must at all times show our support.

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