Leigh Randa, PhD

Therapy with A Positive Belief in You.

When Am I Mourning for “Too Long?”

It is very hard to lose someone special. When we lose someone (or something) that played an important role in our lives, many of us respond with deep feelings of grief. Grief is one of the most difficult emotions that we face as human beings. It is something that most people will have to face at some point in their lives.

Grief can also sometimes reach a point where it becomes a psychological struggle. After a loss, some people find that they are unable to overcome the loss and move forward. It can be hard for those struggling with mourning to know when they need to seek help and when their bereavement is no longer considered psychologically “normal.”

It’s Never Too Early to Talk

If you are struggling with loss and it is weighing down on you, it is never too early to speak to someone. As a Kansas City psychologist, I’m here to be the non-judgmental ear that you can talk to freely, and someone that is here to provide you with guidance and support.

There are also signs that help can be very beneficial, and signals that it may be a good idea to speak to someone. For example:

  • If you have been mourning for a “long time” (in the diagnostic manual psychologist use, over 12 months of mourning is considered a clear sign that it helps to see a therapist).
  • If you find that your negative emotions are deep and profound, interrupting your ability to find happiness or enjoy normal activities.
  • If other aspects of your life seem to be less important. For example, you are struggling at work or you let your responsibilities pass.

Grief is a powerful emotion, and if you feel that it is becoming too heavy for any reason, or you are not sure, it helps to talk to someone. Please call me today at 858-224-3767.


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