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Common Reactions to Grief          


Emotional Reactions

  • Changes in mood (irritable, erratic shifts)
  • Changes in behavior, activity level, or interests
  • Panic/fear
  • Anger and anxiety
  • Sadness and numbness
  • Shock and disbelief
  • Guilt

 Physical Reactions

  • Changes in appetite (increase or decrease)
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches and/or stomach aches
  • Fatigue/Lack of energy
  • Increased sickness

Psychological Reactions

  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Preoccupation with the loss
  • Distracted, decreased attention span
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Confusion

Social Reactions

  • Detached from self, family, friends
  • Changes in interests and activities
  • Isolation
  • Avoidance of large groups and social gatherings
  • Loss of a sense of reality
  • Changes in sexual activity
  • Changes in beliefs and values

Complicated Grief Responses

* Depression   *Destructive Behavior   * Substance Abuse   * Recurring Flashbacks
* Risk taking behavior   * Withdrawn   * Suicidal Thoughts   * Homicidal thoughts

If you experience the above complicated response symptoms it is important to seek professional help.



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Connie Studer, M.A., LMFT

3137 Hennepin Avenue South #104, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Email: connie@hftherapy.com , 612-275-1657