Complete Guide: Dealing With Depression After Breakup

Last Update on November 25, 2022 : Published on November 25, 2022

When the breakup is mutual, it can help us find goals, perspectives, better outlooks, and whatnot! But, when the reasons behind the breakup are unknown or done without a complete closure, it can put us in great emotional turmoil. Eventually, moving on from such breakups is not easy, such moments keep on making us feel sad, angry, anxious, heartbroken, and depressed at times.

If you have such feelings for a prolonged period, it can be a sign that the breakup has taken a lot of serious toll on your mental health. According to a study, a post-break mental state closely resembles the symptoms of clinical depression.

  Experiencing depression after a breakup can also be referred to as breakup depression or situational depression. In this blog, we will take a deep look at breakup depression or dealing with depression after a breakup.

Signs and Symptoms of Breakup Depression

Symptoms of breakup depression are often carried by feelings of sadness which can be mild to severe after the breakup. If the feelings are strong and carried for a long period, they can have negative impacts on overall mental health.

Below are some of the common symptoms of breakup depression:

  • Helplessness or hopelessness
  • gaining or losing weight
  • Major changes in appetite
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Loss of interest and pleasure
  • Worthlessness
  • Lack of energy or fatigue
  • Constant thoughts of suicide or death
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Irritability
  • Slow moving

We all know that sadness is the human response to an emotional or painful event. Breakups can negatively impact mental health in several ways. It can also cause loss of self-esteem, loneliness, and distress. It can be a period of adjustment for many, therefore allow yourself some time to process your feelings and heal.

Risk Factors & Causes of Breakup Depression

According to psychotherapists, developing depression after a breakup can certainly not only be caused by the breakup but it can be developed due to other instances, such as

  • History of depression
  •  Substance abuse or alcoholism
  • History of adjustment disorder
  • Lack of social support
  • Facing multiple stressors at a time

Breakup depression is another form of situational depression, and it can be triggered during the end of the relationship. Breakup brings a lot of changes in our life and it is not easy to cope with such feelings sometimes as you might have to adjust the living situation, finances, co-parenting the children, and more.

A breakup can be highly influenced by the way you see yourself. For example, if you are a student, you might not be able to concentrate or focus on your studies. A breakup can also alter the self-concept and disrupt the self-image.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Breakup Depression

Breakup depression is not considered an actual mental health term; therefore, it does not have any diagnosis process yet. But, that does not mean that you cannot seek support or help related to this.

You can try talking about it in front of a mental health professional and they can perform the diagnosis on the basis of intensity, frequency, and duration. To connect with a mental health professional.

Symptoms triggered by the breakup usually start improving after some days, weeks, or months. As time passes by, the situation keeps on improving, and we certainly start adapting to the situations slowly.

Treatment for Mild to Moderate Symptoms

If your symptoms are mild to moderate, you can easily handle them by practicing self-care or seeking the support of your loved ones.

Related Read: Effective ways to deal with a breakup

If your symptoms are severe, you can try talking to a mental health professional. Mental health professionals can help you in gaining a new perspective, change negative thinking patterns, find and establish new goals, and learn new coping skills.

Tips for Dealing with Depression after Breakup

Below mentioned tips can help you deal with depression after a breakup. The idea is to establish resiliency in you so that you can easily deal with stressful events in the future.

       Form strong social support

       Focus on your overall well-being

       Master the skills of problem-solving

       Start working on your self-esteem

       Create goals for yourself and work on them

       Take a step forward and start finding the purpose of your life again

       Allow yourself to process your feelings

       Try to adjust to the major changes

       Journal your thoughts

       Spend time in hobbies

       Try to stay occupied instead of ruminating over negative thoughts


       Spend time with friends

       Challenge the idea of self-concept

       Avoid social media for some time and stop checking up on your ex

       Set healthy boundaries for yourself

       Go easy on yourself and try to learn from your mistakes

       Do not isolate yourself, talk it out, and move on

I hope this blog helps you with the ways to deal with a breakup after depression. For more such content, connect with us on all social media platforms.

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".

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