Grief & Emotional Health
- Q How does grief affect older adults?
Dr. Michael Hirsch, PsychiatryAlthough people experience losses at every age, the toll mounts as one grows older. As friends and relatives die off, the possibility of a numbing grief overload arises. This is particularly common in nursing homes and assisted living facilities... Full Answer
- Q How can I help my child cope with the death of a loved one?
Dr. Erik Fisher, PsychologyThe following are guidelines to help your child cope with the death of a loved one: It is important after a death to re-establish structure and stability. Kids respond much better to this. If everyone's world falls apart and there is no... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of emotional trauma?
Immediate psychological symptoms of emotional trauma can include hopelessness, anxiety, dissociation, and even numbness or calmness. Physical symptoms include sleeplessness, edginess, upset stomach, and a tendency to neglect general self-care practices... Full Answer
- Q What is prolonged grief disorder (PGD)?
Dr. Deborah Serani, PsychologyProlonged Grief Disorder (PGD) is a disabling intense state of grief that persists for months, or sometimes years. Unable to move forward, paralyzed by the loss and grieving deeply, these individuals are often told by family and friends to get on... Full Answer
- Q How can I deal with my emotional pain during a period of grief?
Dr. Deborah Serani, PsychologyDon't hold in your emotional pain. Studies show that expressing emotions greatly reduces the body's stress response. Especially during the emotional pain of grief, listen to what your body is telling you and talk with your doctor about any... Full Answer