James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Grief

Your children are worried about you. You've been doing nothing except pacing about the house and garden during the day, and flipping through your photo albums late into the evening. You've stopped going to church.

Your kids have finally convinced you to get out of the house and have dinner with them. But you insist on going somewhere new. How could you go to your favorite restaurant without her? As it is, you keep thinking about how much she would have enjoyed the fish, how proud she would have been that your son is graduating, and how happy she would be for your daughter and her new boyfriend. No one talks about her, but she is all you can think about.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Grief
  • Something Like Grief Can Be Experienced in Other Circumstances
  • How to Cope with Loss

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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