When you’re depressed, it is so hard to believe that things really can get better. If depression becomes your familiar state, it can be scary to wade into the uncharted territory of feeling better. However, try to let yourself accept the possibility that although you don’t feel better right now, you will.
A relationship can be a living, breathing entity that you and your partner co-create. A relationship can also be a literal chemical addiction. So, a breakup joins two of life’s most challenging experiences: paralyzing grief and the overwhelming physical and emotional withdrawal from an addiction.
When a breakup happens, it can feel like an opaque curtain has descended around you, separating you from the rest of the world. You move around as if in a bubble. Even the most familiar things—scenery near where you live, the voices of people you know—seem alien and far away. Even the brains of people grieving the end of a relationship look like the brains of people experiencing a death.
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