If you've ever struggled with grief from the death of a loved one or pet, you know that there's no "right" amount of time to process the loss. Sometimes, however, grief can remain longer than it should – leading to negative effects on your physical and mental health. Online Counseling Programs wrote an insightful piece on this diagnosable form of grief that we'd like to share:
"Grief is a subject that can be easy to tiptoe around. It’s the natural response to the loss of someone who was meaningful. But what happens when grief lingers?
When a loved one dies, many people experience grief that eventually subsides as they acclimate back into their life and routine. However, complicated grief, or chronic bereavement disorder, is a clinical term that refers to grief that is ingrained in a person’s habits to a disabling degree, impairing functioning.
Complicated grief can affect more than just emotions; it can take over someone’s life. According to the Mayo Clinic, this form of grief can lead to feelings of worthlessness and even suicide, similar to mental health disorders such as depression. It’s important to recognize the struggle people with complicated grief experience – when starting over again feels like the last thing they want to do."
Head over to Online Counseling Programs' article to learn more about complicated grief and how it can be addressed.