|Predominant Affect||Emptiness and loss||Persistent depressed mood and inability to anticipate happiness or pleasure|
|Timing||Likely to decrease over time (and with work), occur in waves, and be associated with thoughts or reminders of the deceased||More persistent and not tied to specific thoughts or preoccupations|
|Emotions||Positive emotions and humor possible||Pervasive unhappiness and misery|
|Thought content||Preoccupation with thoughts and memories of deceased||Self-critical or pessimistic ruminations|
|Self-esteem||Generally preserved, any self-derogatory ideation typically involves perceived failings vis-à-vis the deceased||Feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing|
|Thoughts about death and dying||Generally focused on the deceased and possibly "joining" the deceased||Focused on ending one's own life because of feeling worthless, undeserving of life, and unable to cope with the pain of depression|
Depression is a serious mental condition. This description should be used only for informational purposes, and not as medical advice. If you believe you, or someone you know, is possibly exhibiting depression, s/he should be seen and evaluated by a competent medical professional.