5 Stages of Grief: Depression

Often associated with the feeling of extreme sadness that results to lack of interest in life and for other people, depression hits people who are experiencing this stage of grieving. Medlineplus. (2016) further defined that the feeling of depression is associated with excessive or minimal food intake, insomnia, fatigue, hyper-acidity, bad mood, and suicidal thoughts. It also said that this stage is similar to a state of confusion that can come from many factors and it can strike people of all ages. It is a huge branch that also has a subcategory of postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder.

Maddox, S. (2006) explained depression as normally occurring state in Patient’s journey as long as it is still willfully regulated. In fact, the moderate amount of American populace experiences depression which is characterized by sudden but severe behavioral change. Depressed people neglect hygiene, isolate from others, perceive life as worthless, and have a tendency for addictions. He also noted that this stage of grief can occur after a job loss or loved one’s death.

Feeling depress is a blind spot for patients. It is the reality that we thought that nothing can help us to escape from the sagging morale of embracing the loneliness of our circumstances. We would usually resolve to internalize the reality that things will never be the same again. And the only thing we can do is to go with those who left. This is why suicidal thoughts came in.

The first intervention to cure depression is to recognize that we are already experiencing one. By doing so, we can willfully ask for Psychiatric counseling and take necessary medications prescribed by Professionals. By recognizing that this stage is necessary in order to come to the point of acceptance, we are a step forward towards gradual recovery. It is also important to have a group of friends, family, or religious organization that will be available to listen and guides us with patient understanding.

On the other hand, we need to be equipped with objective behavior In order to help someone to successfully pass through this stage and lead them to recovery. By keeping in mind that their response will probably become subjected to their emotional states, it will be a lot easier not to carry the load that they can unintentionally transfer. Depressed persons need a loving society whose norm invites them to open up by establishing trust, sparing them enough time to move on. It is not easy to recover from Depression and we must not set the status so high by thinking that we have a weak character just because we can’t move on yet. If we have different recovery mechanisms, then we should stick to them and allow time to participate in our healing. We also need to find something to live for because it is the very reason why we persevere in the first place. This object of hope can be our family, friends, support groups, and non-profit organizations -etc.

Surely Depression is a complex stage that needs appropriate medical intervention. That’s why it is necessary to orient the individual that this is just a part of 5 stages of grief and we can still do something about it. Also, a welcoming and warm society can hasten the recovery.





Maddox, S. (2006). Paralysis Resource Guide. Short Hills, New Jersey: Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Medlineplus. (2016, November 4). Depression. Retrieved February 15, 2017, from https://medlineplus.gov/depression.html

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