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Grief

Read through the Quick Assessment at the Right to think about if you currently experience symptoms of grief?

It is very common for individuals to seek therapy in times of grief. The death of a loved one is perhaps the single most intensive emotional experience an individual must face. These feelings are often intense enough to be quite debilitating and disorganizing. Although a certain period of anxiety and/or depression is expected throughout the natural grieving process, these intense emotions sometimes activate deeper layers of psychological unrest that have not previously been recognized.

The therapist can help explore seemingly insurmountable feelings of pain and loss by providing a stable context from which to understand the natural process of grief. Oftentimes grieving individuals must continue to maintain normal functioning in the context of career or simple day-to-day tasks, and feel unable to experience their pain at its deepest levels. As therapy has shown, the more the individual is able to truly experience and accept her intense feelings of loss and suffering, the grieving process is less likely to be complicated by overwhelming and extended feelings of anxiety and depression.

Faced with the death of a loved one, an individual may begin to struggle with the inevitability of death. This could include questions about the nature and permanence of the self, as well as questions regarding beliefs about religion and spirituality. These issues are also likely to arise in the context of terminal illness, aging, or deteriorating health.

Working through grief and loss with a counselor can help free one from feelings that can seem overwhelming. Call to schedule an appointment with a therapist who can help guide you through.

Quick Assessment

  1. Physical pains
  2. Change in appetite
  3. Fatigue
  4. Sleeping problems
  5. Restlessness
  6. Crying and sighing
  7. Feelings of emptiness
  8. Numbness
  9. Sadness

  10. Anger

  11. Guilt

  12. Loneliness

  13. Longing

  14. Meaninglessness

  15. Apathy

  16. Abandonment
  17. Dependent

  18. Avoid others

  19. Lack of interest
  20. Forgetfulness

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