The death of a loved one can be the most stressful event in a person's life. A wide array of emotions can be experienced, such as sadness, anger, anxiety, guilt and despair.
There is no "right way" or "wrong way" to grieve. Each person experiences grief in his or her own way and at their own rate. It is important to have a good support system immediately after the loss and especially for the several months thereafter.
There are many types of loss. Not only do we experience loss from the death of a loved one, but we also experience loss through divorce, job loss, physical impairment, life changes and transitions, the launching of our children and many other ways. Some losses can be more traumatic than others.
Although experiencing a traumatic event oftentimes involves loss, trauma is usually defined as having experienced a highly stressful and frightening experience or event which causes intense distress and a perceived sense of harm to the self.
Many people who have been exposed to a catastrophic event such as a car accident, natural disaster, rape or war-related incident experience both traumatic and post-traumatic stress reactions. Most are able to survive and cope well. A small percentage of people, however, will develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
There are a number of treatment options for PTSD? Some of the treatment options may include Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Exposure Therapy, medication, anxiety managment training strategies such as relaxation and stress reduction and the technique of EMDR.
Yes, I am a Level II trained EMDR practitioner. To learn more about this treatment process please contact me and I will be happy to explain it to you.
You don't have to do this alone.