In preparation for her career as a psychotherapist, Dr. Robin Ohringer studied for her PhD at the Simmons College School of Social Work. At her Cambridge, Massachusetts, practice, Dr. Robin Ohringer helps people challenged by mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and grief.
Major life changes can trigger a response of grief, characterized by intense longing and/or sorrow. Such emotions may arise in response to a diagnosis of a chronic illness, disruptive events like moving or being laid off, and the death of a loved one.
Everyone grieves differently, meaning that there’s no one “right way” to react to such life-altering occurrences. For example, while one person might feel oddly numb or disconnected, another might feel angry.
Moreover, grief is not a static experience; whereas a person might feel angry one day, he or she might experience depression or resignation the next. The duration of grief also varies greatly from person to person, with emergence from it coming after a few months for some and years for others.
Whatever the source, grief needn’t be experienced alone or without support. Many communities have groups that meet to talk through participants’ grief, and mental health professionals are trained to address grief-related issues.