“My children have four paws. My grandchildren have fur. My dog is smarter than your honor student.” Whether boasted on a bumper sticker or proclaimed aloud, these phrases capture the importance people place on their relationships with their pets. Indeed, the relationship between human and animal is special.Read More
When a friend or loved one dies most people experience strong feelings of sadness. Moreover, after losing someone they love many people have difficulty comprehending their loss. This process is called the grieving process and for many people it is a natural, healthy experience.
But sometimes the grieving process can become very distressing and begin to impair a person’s quality of life. For example, sometimes grief can turn into depression. Because every person is unique, the point at which grief turns into depression is different for everyone, which is why reaching out for support after a loss is an important step for many people.
If you are struggling with the loss of someone you cared about, please search our database of licensed psychologists to find support.
Please consider visiting these resources to learn more about dealing with grief:
While completing a doctoral program in clinical psychology, I found myself providing psychotherapy to a client who felt trapped by her high standards. She attempted to seek perfection across the many roles in her life — at school or work, in her relationships, with her children, and with her possessions.Read More
From our archives: When I was 19, I completed my first stint in rehab. I never really wanted to get into ‘the hard stuff’, so I got my highs through alcohol. It was never really a high I was after, though; I simply wanted to escape into another world, to forget about a loss that is still too hard to talk about.Read More
From our archives: Guest blogger, Paul Dooley, talks about his experience with anxiety. “Fear is without a doubt a world-class attention grabber. And in 1999 it had me glued to myself. After experiencing my first panic attack, I spent several months possessed by worry.”Read More
With children in single-parent homes whose parent had died in their first three years, one may particularly observe the combination of three factors: (1) lowered self-esteem, (2) difficulty in mastering aggression and (3) struggles in integrating a helpful conscience.Read More
We all know that it is normal to feel sad for a while when we lose a loved one, but grief is often much bigger than just sadness, encompassing symptoms that can make it hard to feel like yourself, leaving you to wonder if you are really ok.Read More