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When should you talk to the doctor about grief?

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In some cases, grief doesn’t get better. You may not be able to accept the loss. Doctors call this “complicated grief.” Talk to your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Trouble keeping up your normal routine, like going to work and cleaning the house
  • Feelings of depression
  • Thoughts that life isn’t worth living, or of harming yourself
  • Any inability to stop blaming yourself

SOURCES:

Michael Hakimi, PsyD, clinical psychologist, Loyola University Medical Center.

Mayo Clinic: “What Is Grief?”

American Psychological Association: “Grief: Coping with the Loss of Your Loved One.”

World Psychiatry : “Grief and Bereavement: What Psychiatrists Need to Know.”

European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience: “An Attachment-based Model of Complicated Grief Including the Role of Avoidance.”

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Michael Hakimi, PsyD, clinical psychologist, Loyola University Medical Center.

Mayo Clinic: “What Is Grief?”

American Psychological Association: “Grief: Coping with the Loss of Your Loved One.”

World Psychiatry : “Grief and Bereavement: What Psychiatrists Need to Know.”

European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience: “An Attachment-based Model of Complicated Grief Including the Role of Avoidance.”

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2018

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