We all know that a loss of any kind can be saddening, but if you find yourself having a hard time recovering, you may be suffering from what Dr. Ronald R. Fieve, head of the Fieve Depression Center, located at 952 Fifth Avenue in New York City, calls bereavement; but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Dr. Fieve: If you lose a relative, if you lose a lot of money, you lose a home, if you lose a loved one; any great loss results in what we call bereavement. Bereavement is depression, in great part psychological and the treatment for it is, you sit with a psychiatrist or a psychologist, and you get psychotherapy for 3 months and it usually goes away. If the person has a history, a family history of major depression or bipolar, and then they have a loss, we call that double depression. So that person has to be treated with an antidepressant, and psychological therapy, and it usually gets better within 2 to 3 months time.
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