Grief and Grieving
Grief itself is a natural response that doesn't require medical treatment. But sometimes people need help getting through the grieving process.
- Medicine. During the initial days of grief, anxiety or sleeplessness can make it difficult to function. If you suffer more than a few days of severe agitation, talk to your doctor about whether a short-term prescription Reference sedative Opens New Window medicine can help you. (Doctors disagree about the usefulness of medicines for people who are grieving. Some doctors believe that giving medicines for anxiety or sleep may interfere with the ability to grieve.)
- Counseling. If you find that Reference obstacles to grieving are making it difficult to function after a loss, talk to a Reference grief counselor, attend a bereavement support group, or both. Counseling and support groups can also help you work through Reference unresolved grief from a past loss.
Chronic grief and complications
If you or someone you know exhibits Reference suicidal behavior (such as thinking you cannot stop yourself from harming or killing yourself), call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
If you find that a major loss has caused Reference complications, such as Reference depression Opens New Window, prolonged anxiety, Reference post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Opens New Window, or severe and prolonged grief, see your doctor and a grief counselor for treatment.
If you have a chronic medical condition that has been made worse by the emotional and physical stress of grief, see your doctor immediately.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 17, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry