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Low mood due to bereavement

Some of the common symptoms of low mood due to bereavement

Have you been feeling?

  • low
  • upset
  • tearful
  • sad
  • loss or grief
  • overwhelmed
  • worried
  • helpless

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

Source: Insight Healthcare