Grief and Loss
Losing a loved one is one of the most painful and difficult experiences we will ever know. Grief and loss can seem unmanageable. It is not uncommon to experience unexpected and significant emotions and to be disrupted by feeling of sadness and depression. These can be stressful and problematic.
Sometimes we are deeply sad and feel very alone. Sometimes we are angry or feel guilty or regretful. All these emotions can be overwhelming at any age; yet are quite common after experiencing grief and loss.
Some normal symptoms of grief and loss in children after may include:
- Regression to bedwetting, thumb sucking
- Numbness or “shock”
- Whining, crying or clinging
- Reduced ability to concentrate
- Major changes in eating and/or sleeping patterns
- Roller coaster ride of emotions— highs and lows
- Hyperactivity and “acting out”, temper tantrums or aggression
- Poor school grades, bad behavior in class.
Warning signs that grief may become problematic can include:
- Minimal or total lack of emotional expression regarding the loss
- Prolonged inability to recognize that the loss has occurred
- Extreme reactions of grief, usually anger or guilt, that persist over time
- Marked or gradual change in health status
- Prolonged depression with tension, agitation, insomnia and feelings of worthlessness and self blame
- Over activity without a sense of loss
Prolonged grief can lead to problems functioning. If grief has become an unbearable problem in your life or in the life of a loved one the professionals at Bedford Behavioral Health can give you the support and education you need during this difficult time. Grief and loss counseling can help you cope and find meaning in the mist of the meaningless and the storm. Call today: 734-807-0162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org