The end of a pregnancy or death of a loved one evokes painful emotions in us all. In uncomplicated bereavement a person who has suffered a loss experiences sadness and other difficult feelings, but can continue functioning in her everyday life. In more complicated bereavement, depression or anxiety emerge, leading to such symptoms as loss of interest and pleasure in one’s life, concentration difficulties, self-isolating behavior, irrational guilt and self-blame, and avoidance of reminders of the lost loved one.

Psychotherapy and psychoeducation can help one focus on her loss as a cause of psychological distress.


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