Dr. Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Trauma and anxiety and has worked with hundreds of people who have struggled with panic attacks. Do a story on why this happens and how people deal with it.
Here are a few things she could say in an interview:
- Grief is intense, comes in waves and is a long process (Stages of Grief) so it can very easily take a toll on one’s health and well-being.
- Grief can feel and look a lot like depression (https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-the-dsm-5-got-grief-bereavement-right/) https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-the-dsm-5-got-grief-bereavement-right/so some of the physical symptoms are the same. These can include fatigue, aches, and pains, difficulty breathing, headaches, and forgetfulness.
- The best way to manage grief and loss is to recognize that’s what is happening and be kind, gentle and patient with yourself. Here’s what you need to know:
- A loss is cumulative, meaning that the current loss (of a partner, a job, etc) rips off the scabs of the other losses in our life. So we’re not just dealing with whatever loss is most present for us, we’re also simultaneously dealing with all of the other losses and grief that we have experienced in our lives. This is tough stuff.
- It is also important to acknowledge the grief that this brings up from your past. For instance, if you lost a partner or family member in the past, the loss of a job may cause you to think more about this past experience. Rather than push those feelings or memories away, it’s important to let them happen and talk with someone you trust about whatever is coming up for you.
- The only way to “get over” grief and loss is to MOVE THROUGH it. Here are a few ways that you can do that:
- Talk about it with loved ones who are supportive of you and able to sit with your pain rather than try to “fix” it
- Move your body as much as possible. Go to the gym, get out in nature and take a walk or go for a run. Exercise produces feel-good hormones that will give your mood a boost.
- Be kind to yourself: eat nutritional foods that you enjoy, get some extra sleep, and do things that you enjoy. Above all, remind yourself that this is a long, but a normal process and it’s Ok to feel bad for a little while.
- Seek support. If it’s difficult to function despite doing all of these things, you might need some extra support, which is perfectly Ok! Find a grief support group or seek out an individual therapist.
Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira
Dr. Colleen D. Cira, Psy.D. received both her Masters and Doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has been practicing in the field since 2001. Dr. Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of Cira Center for Behavioral Health, PC a boutique group practice with locations in Chicago and Oak Park that specializes in Women’s Issues/Health and Trauma. Dr. Cira is a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, activist, wife, and Mommy to two little ones.
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