Mood Disorders are among the most common Psychological Disorders, and the risk of developing them is increasing worldwide, particularly in younger people. Mood disorders involve disabling disturbances in emotion-from the sadness of depression to the unrealistic elation and irritability of mania. Mood disorders in children are fundamentally similar to mood disorders in adults.
About Integrated Grief:
If someone you love has died - particularly if the death was unexpected and the person was a member of your immediate Family - you may, after your initial reaction to the trauma, have experienced a number of Depressive Symptoms as well as Anxiety, Emotional Numbness, and Denial.
We must confront death and process it emotionally. All religions and cultures have rituals, such as funerals and burial ceremonies; to help work through losses with the Support and love of our relatives and friends. Usually natural grieving process has peaked within the first 6 months, although some people grieve for a year or longer. The acute grief most of us would feel eventually evolves into what is called integrated grief, in which the finality of death and its consequences are acknowledged and the individual adjusts to the loss. New, bittersweet, but mostly positive memories of the deceased person that are no longer dominating or interfering with functioning are then incorporated into memory.
1. Sense of having adjusted to the loss.
2. Interest or sense of purpose, ability to function and capacity for joy and satisfaction are restored.
3. Feelings of emotional loneliness.
4. Feelings of Sadness and longing tend to be in the background but still present.
5. Thoughts and Memories of the deceased person accessible and bittersweet but no longer dominate the mind.
6. Occasional hallucinatory experiences of the deceased.
7. Surges of grief in response to Calendar days or other periodic reminders of the loss may occur.
Integrated grief often recurs at significant anniversaries, such as the birthday of the loved one, holidays and other meaningful occasions including the anniversary of the death. This is all a very normal and positive reaction.
Mental Health Professionals are concerned when someone does not grieve after a dealth, becausing grieving is our natural way of confronting and howling loss. When grief lasts beyond typical time, it again becomes matter of concern. After 6 months to a year or so, the chance of recovering from severe grief without treatment is reduced and a normal process becomes a disorder.
David H. Barlow, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
V. Mark Durand, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA- ST. PETERSBERG
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