Grief And Loss

 
 

Grief is a mix of emotions that occurs whenever we experience a loss or are anticipating a loss:

  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Frustration
  • Fear
  • Anxiety 

The teen years are an especially difficult time to deal with grief and loss, for emotional, developmental and social reasons.  Grief is overwhelming and often teens struggle to communicate with those they love: 1. What they are experiencing; 2.  What support they need.

Signs of Grief in Teens:

  • over-activity, acting too busy (to block out pain)
  • risk taking behavior
  • self-blame
  • self-destructive, anti-social or criminal behavior
  • self-harm
  • shock, numbness
  • somatic manifestations of grief (stomach upsets, headaches, fatigue, symptoms similar to the deceased prior symptoms)
  • thinking about suicide
  • unsafe or unwanted sexual activity  
  • wanting to be alone a lot
  • anger
  • avoidance and isolation
  •  confusion and feeling disoriented, feeling in a fog
  •  constant thoughts of the loss
  • declining grades irritability
  • deep sadness
  • drug and/or alcohol use or abuse
  • eating too much or too little
  • jealousy aimed at those who have what you do not
  • lack of concentration
  • loss of interest in usual activities
  • nervousness

If you or your teens are noticing these signs of grief it is important to seek out counselling support.  Grieving takes time and one of our psychologists are here to keep in pace with your teen.