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Can Grief and Loss Lead to Mental Illness?

Experiencing a loved one’s loss can be traumatic and truly heartbreaking. You may feel that your life will never be the same without this person. The mourning process often begins with feelings of anger and confusion. Dealing with loss can take a toll on your mental health and even lead to a state of depression. Allowing yourself to take the time to grieve is important and accepting the loss of your loved one can come at different stages for different people. Can a loss so extreme lead to mental illness? While it’s common to struggle with accepting a death, some people can develop long-term grief that affects them on a regular basis. The mental health experts at Banyan Mental Health explore the topic of grief and loss and how this affects one’s mental health.

How Coping with Loss Can Lead to Chronic Grief

Typically, as time passes, an individual will be able to accept a loss and move on with their lives. Someone who is dealing with chronic grief will experience increased pain over time. If this grief worsens, this individual may have developed a mental health condition. Some common symptoms of chronic grief include:

  • Prolonged sadness on a daily basis
  • Extreme focus on the loss
  • Neglecting daily responsibilities because of depression
  • No motivation to interact with people or attend social events
  • Detachment from your friends and family
  • Difficulty accepting the loss after ample time has passed
  • Intense emotions such as anger and pain towards the loss

How to Treat Chronic Grief

Understanding that you need help getting past your grief can be difficult to admit. If you feel that your loved one has had an exceptionally difficult time grieving a loss, you can help them get the treatment they need in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Mental illness treatment customized specifically for grief and trauma will help individuals come to terms with their disease. During treatment, patients will learn productive ways for coping with loss.

Contact our mental health facility in Boca today at 888-280-4763 for more information on our grief and trauma programs.

Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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