Grief can cause inflammation, extreme fatigue, nausea, headaches, mixed up sleep cycles, dizziness. It makes it extremely difficult to do anything. Grief can alter your heart muscle. form a heart disease with the same symptoms of a heart attack. Grief can make your body awful.
My Father who I took care of 12 years, past away suddenly 8 years ago. I was go griefed I suffered 5 years. Before I could even look at his clothes and personal belongings. They just sat in the corner of a room in boxes that someone had packed for me, because I couldn’t handle even touching his things.
He was the only one who supported me and kept me strong through what I had been through in my life. Without him, I would have ended my life. Taking care of him kept me alive. After he passed I fell into a deep depression. I couldn’t sleep my migraines we’re worse than ever and my stomach pain was immense.
Stress links emotional and physical aspects of grief. The systems in the body that processes physical and Emotional stress overlap and emotional stress can activate the nervous system as easily as physical threats can. When stress becomes chronic, increased adrenaline and blood pressure can contribute to chronic medical conditions. This may be why painkilling drugs from opioids to Tylenol can ease emotional pain. But, it can cause bigger problems than Grief if over used.
Depression is not a normal part of grief, but a complication of it. Depression raises the risk related health complications and often requires treatment to resolve, so it’s important to know how to recognize it’s symptoms.
In ”normal” grief the sad thoughts and feelings occur in waves or bursts followed by low mood. People usually regain self-esteem, a sense of humor, and the capacity to be consoled or distracted from the pain. While people who are depressed struggle with feelings of guilt and worthlessness and a limited ability to experience or anticipate any pleasure or joy.
Complicated grief differs from both depression and normal grief. Complicated grief is persistent, pervasive grief that does not get better naturally. It happened when some of the natural thoughts, feeling, or behaviors that occur during acute grief gain a foothold and interfere with the ability to accept the reality of the loss.
Some people tend to cope with denying what has happened. Thinking they are in another state or on vacation. This grief increases the risks of physical and mental health problems like depression, anxiety, sleet issues, suicidal thoughts and behaviors and physical illness.