PTSD can occur after a bereavement just like after any major trauma in life. A death is, after all, one of the worst traumas we ever have to face. But, of course, not everyone gets PTSD after losing a loved one and PTSD is a bit different from grief. So what exactly is PTSD and why does it happen after a bereavement?
PTSD after a bereavement can occur when:
You are particularly at risk if you have been exposed to several traumatic events, or multiple bereavements.
While people grieving do get bad dreams and might sometimes think they have seen their loved one or hear their voice, the symptoms of PTSD can be much more intense and frightening.
In America, 7 - 8% of people will experience PTSD at some time in their lives.
Many people will recover from the worst symptoms within a few weeks, especially if they have support from family and friends.
It's important if it goes on for longer than this to seek help. If PTSD goes on for a long time, other mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol use can also occur.
The treatment most recommended by mental health organisations is psychological therapy (talking therapies) such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) or online therapies - either through courses or with a professional.
We recommend BetterHelp who provide confidential online counseling (including CBT) with expert therapists and counselors. You can read more about how this therapy works here.
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