Is It Depression or Mourning?

by Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Feb 1, 2017

Joanne*, a 52-year-old, was resigned to all of her many relationships ending after a year at the most. She always blamed herself. So she was not surprised when her boyfriend dumped her after ten months. However, this time she’d fantasized that the relationship would last and she was deeply disturbed by the ending.

She’d escaped a dysfunctional family at an early age. Her father had been a “rage-aholic” and her mother a submissive target. In…

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