Originally Posted by mbbs2010
its a difference in timing...
GRIEF- usually lasts upto 2 months... but can take it to be normal upto 1 year.
anything beyond 1 year is considered depression
depression can be diagnosed before 1 year if there is SUICIDAL IDEATION WITH A PLAN, Substantial WEIGHT LOSS etc..
basically any extreme symptoms.
i guess even suicidal ideation with out plan also implies need to start medication.