Normal Grieving or Depression?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Hi, Im wondering if what I went through was physical depression. When I was 7 my mother died and after that I would get sick almost everyday, it got better over the years and by the time I was 12 I was fine. Im 13 now and would just like a response to whether or not I suffered from Physical depression. Thank you :)

A: It sounds to me like you were grieving in the way that sometimes little kids do. I’m sorry no one helped you make sense of it at the time. Time does heal us after a loss. I’m so sorry you lost your mother so young and I’m glad you are feeling better now.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie




Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Apr 2013

APA Reference
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2013). Normal Grieving or Depression?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2015, from