Complicated grief reaction is a condition in which a person is not able to tackle a feeling of grief or loss even after a considerable amount of time has passed. This reaction is also known as persistent complex bereavement disorder. Common symptoms of the condition include failure to accept the reality of loss, deep sorrow, numbness, detachment from other things and people, trust issues, lack of interest, and inability to live and enjoy a normal life. If not treated, complicated grief can progress into health issues like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc.
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I suffer from severe anxiety and depression after my husband's death. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, My current issues are depression and anxiety. Honestly, it all started when my husband passed on our son's 1st birthday. I have just let it build up, and now I cannot control how I feel. I cry over crazy things, and I get mad over little things. I cannot sleep at night because I have n... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry for your loss. It is common to develop severe anxiety and depression after any significant loss in life. Prolonged grief results in the development of depression. Please try to keep yourself busy. Spend time outdoors with your son, which will help reduce... Read Full »
How to deal with nervousness and sleep trouble after sudden death of spouse?
Query: Dear doctor, My brother is suffering from nervousness, unknown fear, loss of concentration and no sleep during the whole night. He lost his wife four months ago due to sudden death. We have consulted a psychiatrist and he prescribed some medicines, but no relief yet. Give me suggestions. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your brother is probably suffering from complicated grief reaction or depression. Generally, medicines take some time to have a proper effect. If he has started the medicine in the last one week, then it is better to wait for a few more days.If he has already taken the... Read Full »
Can grief cause hallucinations?
Query: Hello doctor, I am very concerned about my 75-year-old mother. It has been two years since my father passed away. She told me the other day that she sees him at night. I told her she has to be dreaming, and it may seem real, but it is not. Also, sometimes she may look at an object and sees somethin... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understood what your mother has been going through, and I am here to help. Does she tell that she can clearly see her husband as she saw him when he was alive, or does she misinterpret something as her husband? Does she talk to herself or imagine talking to her husban... Read Full »