Reactions to grief may be:
- Physical - Headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, dry mouth, dizziness, pounding heart, heaviness of the body, sensitive skin, increased illness, tightness in chest, tightness in throat, muscle weakness, and/or stomachache.
- Behavioral - Sleeplessness, loss of appetite, crying, nightmares, dreams of the loved one, sighing, listlessness, absent-mindedness, clinging, over activity, social withdrawal, verbal attacks, fighting, and/or extreme quietness.
- Emotional - Anger, guilt, sadness, helplessness, depression, hysteria, relief, rage, fear, loneliness, anxiety, intense feelings, feeling unreal, mood swings, disbelief, confusion, low self -esteem, self-destructive thoughts, inability to concentrate, and/or difficulty in decision making
Following the death of a loved one we highly encourage you to make an appointment with a doctor for your own physical exam.