Depression in pet loss

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Today I am talking about a very serious subject: depression in the process of mourning.

It is perfectly normal when one has just lost one’s pet that one has depressive symptoms, that does not mean that you have a depression. In a normal process of mourning, the majority of people will not need therapy, but here is the list of indicators to see a doctor.

Demonstrate a decline to have fun and a significant increase in sadness of hopelessness and powerlessness.
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty sleeping, trouble sleeping or too much sleep
Change of appetite
Sense of guilt over the suffering / death of his animal
Increase in swings of hummer or burst of anger
Demonstrates impulsive attitude to decision-making
Thoughts of death / suicide

These criteria are variable and do not need to have the entire list to believe that there is possibility of depression. It is normal to have depressive states, but if there is more, your doctor can help you.

We will consult when we are caught in a stage of mourning. For example: the guilt of euthanasia of your animal takes all the place, you only think about it or the way it is dead, but it’s been months that it lasts. You keep his objects, his toys, you keep a bowl of eating or water filled.

We will consult a bereavement therapist to help detach from one of these stages. When we no longer move. When people say around: it’s not good, you only talk about your dead animal.

We will consult when we have no one to talk to safely without judgment.

If you know of people who seem to have depression symptoms, please suggest that you see a doctor or bereavement therapist. Untreated depression can have fatal consequences.

Do not stay isolated, it is not the solution to your suffering of pet loss.

Brigitte Berube

humanist therapist

grief specialist

Brigitte Berube

Brigitte Bérubé

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