When Grief Becomes Debilitating
You may have always considered yourself a resilient person, able to bounce back fairly quickly when life doles out those major setbacks. People may remark how strong you are, seeing in you courage and strength during difficult times. Maybe you do have a large threshold where disappointments or loss are concerned….until you don’t.
When compound losses or devastating events threaten to hobble you with unrelenting grief, it will manifest in many ways. Prolonged sadness and unresolved grief can take a serious toll on your health, your mental state, and your everyday life. When grief becomes debilitating it is time to consider inpatient grief counseling to help you navigate through the loss and move forward.
About Grief and Loss
Grief and loss are some of the most challenging emotional experiences we humans will ever endure. Loss of a loved one to death, loss of a valued job, loss of a marriage through divorce, loss of a sense of purpose after kids move away, loss of physical abilities following a serious illness—all of these represent life-changing losses that have the potential to result in a major depressive disorder.
Grieving a loss, or multiple losses that happen in quick succession, is a highly personal experience, with varying grief timelines and a wide range of coping skills used during the grieving process. The period of mourning or bereavement that follows significant losses is each individual’s processing of the loss and slowly adjusting to life without the person or thing lost. Losing someone or something that you cherished is a difficult experience to overcome on one’s own, so when no relief comes in what may be considered a “normal” period of time, it may be time to reach out for help.
Symptoms of Difficulty Managing the Grieving Process
Grief has a powerful impact on our overall health and wellness. Sometimes, while going through the phases of grief, the individual may get emotionally stuck in the despair that accompanies loss. While the acute phase of grieving usually lasts for a few months, the symptoms should gradually subside over time. An inability to move through the grief process results in a prolonged suffering that may lead to clinical depression. Signs of difficulty during the grieving process may include:
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Isolating oneself from friends and family
- Persistent feelings of despair and sorrow
- Difficulties at work or school, completing projects or assignments, loss of focus
- Lack of interest in the activities once enjoyed
- Reduced immunity to common health conditions such as colds or flu
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
5 Important Reasons for Inpatient Grief Counseling
If you find yourself stuck in grief mode, here are five reasons it would be appropriate to consider getting help at an inpatient grief counseling program:
- Grief wears you down, emotionally and physically. The daily distractions of life can interfere with the processing of loss. An inpatient grief program allows for a respite from daily responsibilities to focus on your healing.
- Major depression can become a serious mental health crisis if not treated, with increase risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Suicides in the US exceed 40,000 per year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
- If you have experienced repeated losses in a short period of time or a traumatic grief event, such as a violent homicide or suicide, you likely need more comprehensive complex PTSD treatment that is available through a private practitioner.
- The physical toll that prolonged grief and depression takes can lead to the development of a serious medical condition, including substance abuse, digestive disorders, chronic headaches, and increased risk of heart disease.
- Persistent depressed mood will take a toll on your relationships with significant others. Mood swings, irritability, anger, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex, can wreak havoc on a marriage or friendships.
Seeking Inpatient Grief Counseling
The Treatment Specialist will connect you with a treatment center who offers a team of compassionate professionals. The Treatment center will offer a free assessment and insurance benefit review. Get the help you need now. Contact a Treatment Specialist today at (866) 644-7911.