Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms as a result of Grief and Loss

When a person experiences grief, loss and/or trauma, it is never experienced in a vacuum.

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A person’s childhood experiences, their attachment style, how a person is able to manage their own feelings, their thoughts and responses all have an effect. The experience of grief and loss is a very individual process and can affect a person’s emotions, thoughts, reactions, beliefs, health, wellbeing, relationships and sense of identity.

As a result of the person’s individual response to the grief and loss and depending on the very individual circumstances of the loss, grief and/or trauma a person may develop anxiety and depressive symptoms as a result. Symptoms of grief and loss can also feel quite similar to depressive or anxiety symptoms in that both can be experienced as a deep sadness, a lack of connection with others, feeling worried, feelings of a loss of safety, trouble taking care of yourself, feeling panicky, symptoms of insomnia, lack of appetite and emptiness.

These responses are all part of the grieving process but if you find that these symptoms consistently persist and continually interfere with your daily life, it is useful to make an appointment with your GP, who can link you with a health professional who can support you through the recovery process.