If your grief isn’t letting up for a while after the death of your loved one, you may want to reach out for help. If grief has turned into depression, it’s very important to tell someone.
How do you know if your grief has been going on too long? Here are some signs:
- You’ve been grieving for 4 months or more and you aren’t feeling any better.
- You feel depressed.
- Your grief is so intense that you feel you can’t go on with your normal activities.
- Your grief is affecting your ability to concentrate, sleep, eat, or socialize as you normally do.
- You feel you can’t go on living after the loss or you think about suicide, dying, or hurting yourself.
It’s natural for loss to cause people to think about death to some degree. But if a loss has caused you to think about suicide or hurting yourself in some way, or if you feel that you can’t go on living, it’s important that you tell someone right away.
Counseling with a professional therapist can help because it allows you to talk about your loss and express strong feelings. Many counselors specialize in working with teens who are struggling with loss and depression. If you’d like to talk to a therapist and you’re not sure where to begin, ask an adult or school counselor. Your doctor may also be able to recommend someone.