In my personal experience, as someone who has experienced grief and has been diagnosed with depression, I think grief and depression are very similar. Cues to look for are how long the sadness lasts, and how debilitating it is. I think depression and grief both have physical manifestations. Depression tends to linger, and hinder almost all aspects of life, including things that we enjoy or previously enjoyed.
My guess is that since you are questioning it, there is a good possibility that you may be dealing with depression.
Are you currently seeing an IC? If so, I would bring it up with them and pose the same question.
I am still able to work and be a mom, but I really don't want to talk to friends like I used to or be around family. I just want to do nothing with any free time I have. Maybe I am depressed. But treatment is meds and IC. Already doing that. Ugg. What more can I do?
I believe therapy in one form or another is important to treating depression. One book that my therapist recommended to me which was helpful was "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" by David Burns. Burns takes more of a holistic and non-medicinal approach to treating depression. He really has some good methods in there.
One thing I would suggest is to get out and make the most of each day. Even if you wake up not feeling like doing anything, "prime the pump", so to speak, by doing something, and the day's physical and social activities will fall into place easier.
Best of luck to you. Hope your upcoming IC appointment is helpful to you!
These seem like similar emotions, but my experience is also that grief is sharper, where depression is dark but lingers.
FWIW, grief seems to pass by where depression hangs on and affects daily life.
Grief is a momentary lapse but depression is long lasting. It disables and affects daily life.
Apologies for repetition and good luck in counseling. A good one can really help.
The only thing that stays the same, is change. -M. Etheridge
D-Day, June 10, 2012