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Hey Girlfriends, Do You Have “Heartbreak Depression” Like Alexa Ray Joel? There's Actually 13 Warning Signs

Tue, January 5, 2010 5:15pm EDT by Chloe Melas Add first Comment


Who hasn’t been so bummed after a breakup that you could barely get out of bed? Who hasn’t been convinced that your ex was the only and only person in the world that you were meant to spend your life with?

Hopefully, you’ve never  gone so overboard that you actually attempted suicide like Alexa Ray Joel, who bravely admitted that her Dec. 5 trip to the hospital was due to” heartbreak depression” over her ex BF Jimmy Riot. Alexa took to her Facebook page confessing, “I’m even going back to school for psychology in hopes to learn more about this and many other afflictions that many of us have had to face,” she says. “Although it does not get much attention in our society, it is a very serious and painful condition that often gets swept under the carpet. I hope to bring this topic more to life,” she added. Good idea, because depression over a breakup is so common, that even celebrities suffer like us regular girls.

And what is  it exactly? “Heartbreak- related depression is the overwhelming sadness you feel when your love has broken your heart by telling you that he doesn’t love you anymore,” explains Beverly Hills psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman. “The reason why this is so painful is because you are not only grieving the love of this man, you’re feeling abandoned by him.”

So abandoned that Britney Spears famously spun out of control after her split from Justin Timberlake in 2002. And Kim Kardashian admitted she could barely get off her couch  after breaking up with football star Reggie Bush. Her brother Rob, on the other hand turned into a full-blown stalker trying to win back his ex Adrian, after their split on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

If you think you could be a victim also of this god awful affliction, here’s the 13 warning signs, according to Dr Lieberman:

  • Overwhelming sadness
  • A sick feeling in the pit of your stomach
  • Inability to focus on anything but the heartache
  • A feeling that you will never love again
  • A feeling that you are not loveable and that no other man will ever love you
  • Constantly barraging yourself with questions as to what you did wrong and what you could have/should have done better
  • A compulsion to text, email, call, or show up on the doorstep of the man who dumped you, to beg him to come back to you
  • Eating too much (especially junk food) or not wanting to eat at all
  • Sleeping too much or not sleeping at all
  • Preoccupation with thoughts of revenge against your ex
  • A desire to crawl under your covers and never come out
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts