For people who are experiencing a complicated grief the feelings that are normally felt will cause the person to be unable to move forward in their life. They will not be able to get past the grief feelings and could lead to depression. It is not clear why some people are able to move past grief while others are not, but it clear that treatment is necessary to help the person move past their grief.
Some of the symptoms of complicated grief can be an intense focus on the loss that they have experienced and deep feeling of longing for the deceased person. They will also have a hard time in accepting the death of their loved one and will be preoccupied with their sadness. Depression is a possibility as they find it difficult to perform the normal duties of their life. There are other symptoms of complicated grief, but they are all an intense form of grief that does not end. All people who are feeling grief will experience sadness and longing for the deceased person, but the difference is the length of time that it extends.
If complicated grief is not treated it can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, substance abuse, or they will have a long-term inability to cope with their daily life. A complicated grief is not all that common. Some of the risk factors can be the method or way in which the deceased died. If it was a violent or unexpected death it can lead to a complicated grief in the loved ones that are left behind. There might also be a lack of a support system in the person's life to help them get through their grief. There are a host of other reasons why some people experience complicated grief while others do not.
A mental health provider can help complicated grief and make suggestions on strategies for the bereaved. Some of these strategies can be depression help if the person has fallen into a depression through their grief. Drugs and behavior therapy can help the person deal with their negative thoughts and help them to find new ways of coping with their grief.
Therapy is one method of treatment that can prove to be very effective. It can help the bereaved recognize their feelings and work to use a more positive way of dealing with the grief. It is hard work, but can be very positive and effective at helping the bereaved find their way back into their life.
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Julia Sorensen is the author of “Overcoming Loss Stories and Activities to Help Children Transform Grief and Loss" Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.