The Depressing Truth About Grief

It is okay to feel sad from time to time, and it honestly helps people to understand the emotional distinction. However, too much sadness consumes them. Grieving people become more susceptible to numbness, though they are doing fun activities with friends and family. The presence of sorrow eventually grows into anxiety and depression.

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Remembering the loss of someone still makes people feel bad about it. Nobody can expect someone to stop grieving in an instant. It may take a person a couple of months or years before he can finally move on. No one can tell. However, one thing is for sure. The significant difficulty of coping leads to mental and psychological dysfunctions.

What Is Grief?

Grief is something we acknowledge as the consequence for attachment and love. It signifies the connection we have with someone we care about.  We feel it when we get rejected, ignored, and left out. It gives us a temporary heartbreak or at least a battle with anxiety and depression. However, the ultimate loss, which is death, brings us to the bottom of different emotional turmoil. The idea of not seeing that specific person again and not be able to talk to him or her for the rest of our lives can put us in a severely prolonged sadness. Grief is normal, and we have to deal with it. However, the process of bereavement is inconsistent. Sometimes, it gives us restless nights of sleep, it makes us tired and overdriven, and both lead to physical, emotional, and mental difficulty of concentration.

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The Denial Stage

The denial stage is the first step of grieving. It’s an underrated procedure that people think of it as something not worthy enough to get attention. However, what they don’t know is that it’s the worst part of grieving. It is where our body has more feelings to process in one particular moment. According to David B. Feldman Ph.D., “The brain naturally gives us “denial breaks.” These breaks allow us to relax, regroup, and ready ourselves for the difficult feelings we must inevitably face.”

Since nobody can handle different emotions in a short amount of time, it is the deciding stage where we choose to manipulate ourselves. Emotions shuffle, and we get shocked, numb, and distracted. The information about a loved one’s loss can be too much to handle and might turn out to be a breaking point of our mental state.

Grief And Depression

The distinguishing features of grief from the persistent complex bereavement (clinical depression) are hard to identify. Evidently, both of them involve the feeling of sadness. However, there are red flags to it. There are no particular time frames as to when we should and should not grieve, so having a complete breakdown in functioning is a sign of unhealthy outcome. Though it seems to be a reasonable guide to be emotionally unstable when a person we love passes away, the idea of suicide, persistent thoughts of worthlessness, and being out of touch with reality becomes a turning point. Jodi Clarke, MA, LPC says that “dealing with depression after the loss of a loved one can be extremely isolating.”

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Each of us suffers from bereavement or grief. When we lose someone, we create a unique characteristic that both help and damage our mental and emotional balance. We use it to either keep us sanely present in reality or takes us away from the harsh environment. Along with our unhealthy habits, we find ourselves continually doing things without thinking about it. Will Meek Ph.D. explains that “grief is a highly individualized process, there is not a specific set of practices that will help everyone.”

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Marie Miguel

Professional Experience Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade; covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to target subjects related to anxiety and depression specifically. As an editor, contributor, and writer for over 100 online publications Marie has covered topics related to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, various phobias, and difficult family circumstances. With regular content published on mental health authorities like TheMighty, Yahoo, GoodMenProject, ADAA, CCPA-ACCP, Silverts, AMHCA, etc... Marie has shown both her passion and dedication to discussing & educating topics related to mental health and wellness. With an understanding that there is never too much information and helpful research about mental health in all of its forms, she continues to look for new and creative ways to both start discussions & engage with others about these important topics. Before becoming an online researcher and writer, she worked as an Administrative Executive with different industries namely telecom, security workforce providers, trading companies, exclusive hotel and concierge services. After ten years of working in different industries, she decided to enter the world of freelancing in able to give more time to her precious daughter. Given this opportunity, it helped her discover and realize that she is both capable and passionate about expressing her opinions in creative and influential ways via writing. Education Marie Miguel is a loyalty awardee of St. Paul College where she spent her primary and secondary education. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Computer Applications from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde where she was also on the Dean's List for consecutive semesters during her college years. "My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness" It takes passion for being an expert researcher and writer of mental health related topics. Having lived through traumatic experiences in the past, it has become easier to express my opinions and findings I've discovered while researching a variety of situations and subjects. I aim to inspire every person that reads mental health & wellness related articles to provide hope in every struggle; just as my experiences have taught me. Additionally, I strive to contribute to the continual progression of mental health awareness by providing helpful information and significant resources to understand further the importance of keeping a healthy mind and well-being.