Some of the common symptoms of low mood due to bereavement
Have you been feeling?
- loss or grief
Have you had thoughts like?
- ‘What am I going to do now?’
- ‘I can’t do this alone’
- ‘I wish I had them here with me’
- ‘This should have happened to us’
- ‘This was not the right time’
Have you noticed?
- an increase or decrease in appetite
- you are spending more time alone
- you are sleeping too much or too little
- you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
- you are putting off dealing with practical tasks
- you are avoiding talking about the loss
Possible causes of low mood due to bereavement
- stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as the loss of a loved one
- negative thinking – sometimes you may start to think negatively due to an event or situation, this can then become a habit and part of your general outlook; you may not even be aware of how negatively you were thinking or how this is impacting on you
- lack of interest or reduction of pleasurable activities – sometimes, due to circumstances, you may reduce activities that you gained pleasure, satisfaction, or achievement from; you then do not increase these activities as soon as possible, instead you may forget just how much you benefited from these activities, causing you to have a lack of interest in doing them
- loss – this can be the actual loss of someone through death or disappearance, but it can also be a major life change where there has been an adjustment and a loss of role or identity (e.g. redundancy or retirement)
- anger – if you struggle to express your feelings particularly anger you may find yourself low in mood as a result of not expressing your anger or frustration in a safe and responsible way
How common is Low Mood Due to Bereavement?
- Depression occurs in 1 in 10 adults in the UK at any one time.
- Around 1 in 20 people at any one time experience major or ‘clinical’ depression.
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