Grief Reaction

Grief is a normal response to the death of someone close to you. Feelings of fear, anger, and guilt can affect almost everyone who loses someone they love. Symptoms of depression are also common. These include problems with sleep, loss of appetite, and lack of energy. These grief reaction symptoms often last for weeks to months after a loss. They may also return during special times that remind you of the person you lost, such as an anniversary or birthday.

Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and deep depression may last beyond the period of normal grief. If you experience these feelings for 6 months or longer, you may have clinical depression. Clinical depression requires further medical attention. If you think that you have clinical depression, you should contact your caregiver. If you have a history of depression and or a family history of depression, you are at greater risk of clinical depression. You are also at greater risk of developing clinical depression if the loss was traumatic or the loss was of someone with whom you had unresolved issues.

A grief reaction can become complicated by being blocked. This means being unable to cry or express extreme emotions. This may prolong the grieving period and worsen the emotional effects of the loss. Mourning is a natural event in human life. A healthy grief reaction is one that is not blocked . It requires a time of sadness and readjustment.It is very important to share your sorrow and fear with others, especially close friends and family. Professional counselors and clergy can also help you process your grief.