Bereavement is often seen as distict from depression and subsequently not warranting the same concern for treatment.

In fact there is little distinction in the depression that occurs as the result of death or as the result of other negative life events. Treatment considerations should be based on such factors as the duration and intensity of the depression, and not necessarily the cause.

It is quit normal to grieve but the possibility of developing depression as the consequence of loss should not be ruled out.

For further information on the treatment of depression contact Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services in Victoria on 1800 00 00 55.

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