Every person knows that loss of relationships is an unavoidable aspect of life. In everyone’s life, the loss of loved one is one of the most stressful events we encounter. It can certainly cause an emotional crisis. You can experience a great variety of emotions when the death occurs, even if it is expected. Below are some emotions that can be experienced by you:

  • Guilt
  • Despair
  • Humiliation
  • Anger
  • Yearning
  • Sadness
  • Shock
  • Confusion
  • Disbelief
  • Denial

These emotions are common reactions to loss of a loved one. You cannot be make yourself ready for the duration and intensity of your feelings or how quickly your moods can change. However, these emotions are appropriate and healthy and will assist you in coping with the loss.

It is much harder to cope after the dear one dies. You will grieve and mourn. It is the ordinary process you undergo to accept these primary losses. Mourning can involve congregating with family and friends or spiritual traditions honoring a dead to share the loss. It is personal and tends to be overwhelming initially, then gradually ebbing and flowing.  However, the loss of a loved one, and your feelings surrounding the loss, can  become complicated and remain for months or even years.

It is extremely essential to let yourself to experience your emotions and feelings related to the loss of a loved one. In the beginning, you may think it is effective to numb and avoid your pain; however you cannot outrun your grief forever. One day, those feelings will result in complicated emotional or physical problems and will have to be resolved.

Physical manifestations of unresolved grief may include loss of energy, sleep disturbances, intestinal upsets, loss of appetite and stomach pain are usual symptoms of severe grief.  Psychological effects can include feeling down, guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness and even thoughts of suicide. The loss of a loved one affects our entire being.

Because our treatment center relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is coping with the loss of a loved one and showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience the loss of a loved one differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender.  Treatment for depression can be highly successful.  People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.