complicated grief treatment in california

Residential Treatment for Prolonged Grief

Complicated Grief Treatment in Southern California

Complicated grief disorder is aptly named. This complex mental health disorder arises when an individual who has suffered a loss cannot overcome their grief. While grief is a normal human emotion that touches us all, it is meant to ease with time. When grief becomes a debilitating and unrelenting presence in one’s life, it becomes a case of complicated grief disorder. 

Complicated grief can make people feel listless and alone. If you suspect someone in your life is suffering from CGD, talk to them about treatment. D’Amore Mental Health develops specialized treatment plans that address every facet of our patients’ wellbeing. We don’t just treat CGD symptoms –– we go after its root causes and give you the tools to live a healthy and happy life. 

Complicated Grief Treatment

What is Complicated Grief Disorder?

Grief is the price we pay for love. When someone close to us dies, the deep sadness that follows is a universal experience. No one is expected to suffer a loss and move on immediately. 

However, with time and self-care, most people can accept their loss and achieve a sense of peace. If these feelings do not lighten in the following weeks or months, those left behind can feel utterly alone. 

People with complicated grief live in a world where only their grief exists. Their suffering can become pervasive. They find it impossible to stop fixating on the deceased.

Restore Your Happiness at D'Amore

Healthy bereavement becomes CGD when someone is still grieving deeply even after three to six months. If you or someone in your life is unable to overcome their feelings of loss and devastation, contact D’Amore Mental Health. Our compassionate staff uses a range of treatment modalities that help our patients create new patterns of thinking and behavior. 

Time away at our treatment facility helps people overcome their grief while learning how to mourn those they lost healthily. Located in the sunny haven of Huntington Beach, our facility is an inviting and motivating place to achieve peace.

Risk Factors for Prolonged Grief Disorder

10 to 20 percent of people mourning a loss will suffer from complicated grief disorder. While this disorder can affect anyone who is grieving, some risk factors influence the likelihood one will develop CGD. These include: 

Unfortunately, losing those we love is unavoidable. Everyone will experience the trauma of loss at one or more points in their life. When death happens, those left behind must watch out for each other and seek help if the grief intensifies. 

Signs and Symptoms of Complicated Grief Disorder

In the early aftermath of loss, the symptoms of complicated grief disorder are difficult to separate from healthy grieving. Grief is expected to be pervasive and intense in these early stages. If someone feels their loss deeply, this is not always a sign of an emotional or psychological imbalance. 

However, if the grief seems to be getting worse with time or persists for over six months, complicated bereavement disorder may develop.   While different people express their grief in different ways, these behaviors are often signs of complicated grief disorder:

Grief Treatment Options

Complicated grief is a persistent, painful, joy-stealing condition that requires immediate help. 

If someone in your life is experiencing complicated grief, show them your support. But bear in mind, the attention and love of friends and family members alone are not enough. The suffering individual needs comprehensive treatment to overcome their heartbreak. Most times, someone with CDG will find it difficult to seek treatment on their own.

Psychotherapy and Medication

Complicated grief therapy (CGT) helps the patient refocus on their surviving relationships and their personal goals. In addition to therapy, antidepressants may also help ease the burden of CG. 

Holistic Therapies

Practices like yoga, art, exercise, acupuncture, and music therapy also help restore emotional balance and reinforce a positive outlook on life.

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Complicated Grief Treatment at D’Amore

At D’Amore Mental Health, we have success treating even the most severe cases of complicated grief. Using a blend of evidence-based psychotherapies, medicine management, and holistic therapies like art and yoga, we help you take your life back. 

We offer the following treatment modalities to treat those suffering from Complicated Grief Disorder:

Outcomes

The goal of complicated grief treatment is not to make patients forget the memories they shared with their loved ones or to make their sense of loss disappear. Instead, we arrange our treatments with the goals of resolution, acceptance, and forward-thinking. 

Together, we can help you find happiness and move on while maintaining the memory of your loved one.

Complicated Grief Treatment in Orange County, California

Don’t suffer through their complicated grief alone. The D’AmoreMental Health Team is here with the holistic tools to help you overcome. Call today to talk about residential treatment. Our psychologists will get started on a comprehensive plan to help you free yourself from the prison of grief.