Complicated Grief

What Is Complicated Grief?

Grief is a natural and healthy reaction to suffering a loss. It can feel overwhelming and intense at times as an individual moves through the various stages of grief. Complicated grief, also known as prolonged grief, occurs when the duration and intensity of symptoms extend past what would be considered typical based on social, cultural, or religious norms.

How Can Complicated Grief Impact Your Life?

Someone who is experiencing complicated grief might find they are struggling to carry out daily activities and tend to isolate themselves from family and friends. There is often deep sadness, guilt, and self-blame present. Some individuals may feel as if their life is not worth living as a result of the loss, which can result in thoughts of suicide.

What Are The Symptoms Of The Complicated Grief?

Symptoms of complicated grief look very similar to those of typical grief. The difference is that symptoms of typical grief gradually lessen over time, whereas complicated grief symptoms persist or increase with time. Some of these symptoms include intense sorrow and pain, rumination, little ability to focus on anything other than the loss, intense and persistent longing, struggling to accept the loss, numbness, bitterness, and excessive focus on/avoidance of reminders of the loss.

How Can Lightfully Help With Your Complicated Grief?

At Lightfully Behavioral Health, we realize the importance of having a common language to describe symptoms the individual might be experiencing. Even so, we see our clients as more than just their diagnoses. Clients can expect an integrated and inclusive treatment plan from an exceptionally equipped team at any of our Thousand Oaks, Carlsbad, or Los Angeles locations that focuses on the core processes which underlie their symptoms and all human suffering. In this way, we work to help the client develop an integrated self and a more balanced, meaningful life.

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