How long can depression last after a breakup?

Depression can last for as long as 6 months and even more after a breakup. It really all depends on the circumstances. If it was a long term relationship then depression can usually last much longer than if it was a short term relationship. 

It is very important to find a way to begin to manage your wellbeing after a breakup if not you could fall into a depression spiral and begin to push your friends and family away from you.

Nobody wants to be depressed after a breakup and nobody wants depression to last long after a breakup but unfortunately, sometimes we cannot control the outcomes which we may face and depression can last an incredibly long time after a break up if we don’t begin to take control of our wellbeing.

It is very important to open up the curtains, interact with your friends and have an upbeat mentality after a breakup if not depression can begin to take a hold of you.

Don’t be scared or worried if you begin to feel depressed after a breakup. You aren’t the first person who has wondered “how long does depression last after a breakup?”  It is a pretty common query by people going through breakups.

Dealing with depression after a breakup

Breakups are never easy- someone you shared so much of your life with is no longer in it and whether you were the one that was dumped or you were the dumper. It will still be painful. 

This can be a heartbreaking time, and it can feel as if your world is falling apart. But while sadness and a heightened emotional state are normal reactions after a breakup, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of depression.

It’s okay to grieve the loss of a relationship as you begin the healing process. But this doesn’t suggest that every emotion you feel is a normal reaction. There are healthy and unhealthy symptoms of a breakup. Knowing the differences between these symptoms can help you determine whether you’re experiencing depression.

Remember it is okay to feel sad during this difficult time, however, a breakup doesn’t mean you need to experience depression. If you experience low moods for over 2 weeks, make sure you seek professional help. You can seek professional help on the HFNE app, on the counselling section or speak to a trained friend.

There is help out there for you if depression begins to take hold of your mental wellbeing. 

If you don’t seek help from friends, family etc depression could last much longer than you might anticipate after a breakup.

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