Sooner or later, everyone will grieve the loss of a close
relative or friend. Although grief is nearly universal, it
expresses itself in many different ways and at times resembles
major depression. Frequent crying spells, depressed mood, sleep
disturbances, and loss of appetite are common during the
bereavement process, for example. Even so, mental health
professionals have typically viewed the process of grieving as a
normal response to loss and not an illness to be treated.
In this issue of the Harvard
Mental Health Letter, we look closely at the
nature of grief. Does grief have stages, or is it less linear?
What can people do to help themselves? And how does someone know
when it's time to get help? We also offer advice for patients and
resources for more information.
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