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Grief

Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC

Psychiatrists & Mental Health Providers located in Warner Robins, GA

Grief is a devastating state of mind, and anyone who’s suffered a loss can benefit from help through the grieving process. William Scott, MD, and the team at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC in Warner Robins, Georgia, have experience in supporting people who are grieving. They provide compassionate care and effective treatments that can help you overcome traumatic grief and get back to living your life. Call Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC today for more information, or book an appointment online.

Grief Q & A

What is grief?

Grief is a natural response to a significant loss, such as the death of someone close to you. While it’s one of the most distressing experiences you can have, a period of grief and mourning for the person you’ve lost is normal.

Over time, most people adjust to their loss, and their intense feelings of grief subside. Some people, however, find their feelings aren’t easing with time, and they struggle with overwhelming grief. 

Their normal response to loss has become a mental health problem called complicated or traumatic grief, or persistent complex bereavement disorder.

How does the normal grief process work?

Grief typically follows a fairly predictable pathway, starting with difficulty accepting that the loss is real. You might deny the truth that someone has died to begin with, and as you accept what’s happened, you’re likely to feel angry.

Your anger might be towards anyone who you think could have prevented your loss – even the person who’s died. This is a deeply painful stage, but allowing yourself to experience the profound emotions your loss causes is vital to recovering from grief.

As your initial anger reduces, you might find yourself wondering about what could have been done differently, and whether there’s anything you can do to change the outcome. As you realize there’s nothing you can do to bring your loved one back, depression sets in.

The time each stage takes varies from person to person, but gradually over the months following your loss, you begin to adjust to your new reality. While you don’t forget the pain of losing someone you love, you do recover and get back to living your life.

How do I know if I need help with my grief?

If you find your grief isn’t easing up or you’re stuck in a permanent state of mourning, you can benefit from professional help from the Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC team.

People suffering from traumatic grief are likely to have a strong desire to be reunited with the person who died, and a difficulty accepting the death of their loved one. If you have traumatic grief, you’re likely to suffer from intrusive thoughts all the time that revolve around the person who died and see that person everywhere you look.

You might suffer phobias and fears associated with the bereavement, such as not wishing to travel by car if your loved one died in a car crash. People with traumatic grief can also develop addictions, displaying a tendency to turn to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs (legal or illegal).

You could experience weight loss or weight gain. You may have ongoing physical reactions like random pain or frequent illness, or manifestations of stress, such as stuttering. You might also have suicidal thoughts.

The Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC team helps you come to terms with what’s happened and recover from traumatic grief using talking therapies and appropriate medications. If you’re stuck in the grief cycle, call their office today or book an appointment online.