After the breakup of a romantic relationship, you enter uncharted territory. It can trigger painful and unsettling emotions, your life is turned topsy turvy, routines are disrupted, you also have to endure comments, pitying glances from friends and family and there is the craving/sometimes obsessive ruminating about the ex.
Research shows that the emotional response to the breakup of a relationship can be as traumatic as the death of a loved one or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness. You go through the five stages of breakup: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and hopefully acceptance.
However, there is a large number of people who, rather than entering into a period of grief over this loss, slip into full-fledged depression. If you notice that your grief isn’t lessening–if you’re unable to move forward–you may be clinically depressed, according to Helpguide.