Depression or Grief?
I am currently 7 months pregnant so often feeling exhausted. However, the feeling of exhaustion I have is similar to that I felt when I was diagnosed with depression some years ago. Apart from this, and the general feeling of apathy towards life and tearfullness, I am not sure if I am depressed.
This is because I am not sure whether I am confusing depression with grief. Only 2 months ago I lost my 9 month old son after he suffered a long illness, so am wondering if what I am feeling is a general feeling of grief, why I often feel tearful, and not really interested in life.
I do not feel depressed as such, but am certainly also not over joyed with life, but surely this is to be expected after the last year of my life?
How long should I give it before I see someone? Is what I am feeling normal after a loss such as this? Obviously I dont really want to take any medication due to being pregnant, but also, if this is depression, dont want to leave it so long that it is harder to fight off as I know from last time it crept up on me before I knew it so would prefer to try and treat it before it gets too bad.
I have seen a counsellor regarding my sons death, but wasnt sure that this was the right path for me. I am quite happy to talk to friends about my son, and realise that only time will help ease my suffering, that there is no magic cure. But also dont want to miss the first few months of this babys life because I am too depressed to appreciate her.
If there is anyone that can offer any help or insight, fire away!