Grief and loss, sometimes also known as bereavement, is a term used to describe the sense of loss that is felt when a loved one dies, there is a break-up, a change of country or city, etc. This sense of loss can contain a range of emotions, such as sadness, anger, guilt, and/or frustration and anxiety, and the period immediately following the loss is called the period of bereavement. People who are deeply bereaved or grieving may also describe themselves as “mourning” the deceased.
A person may also experience a sense of grief and loss after a major change in life events, such as the loss of a job or a relationship.
When grief is not properly addressed, it can be prolonged and cause the person to fall into a silent depression and stop experiencing a purposeful life.
Living in a heteronormative world impacts mental health to a greater or lesser extent; there are numerous figures of high rates of psychological distress due to social stigma and prejudice, which consequently affect self-esteem, sexuality and relationships with others. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia also create significant mental health challenges. Counselling can help address these processes of rediscovering oneself and help to live confidently within one’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
Some of the topics:
LGBT+ discrimination and stress.
LGBT+ relationships and mental health
Coming out as LGBT+
Supporting parents of LGBT+ young people
Anger is a very normal and natural human response. It is simply an expression of fear, pain and frustration. Anger becomes problematic when it is uncontrollable, prolonged and expressed in destructive and harmful ways. If anger is controlling your actions, it is time to take action.
Accompaniment is not for the purpose of getting rid of anger, but rather to manage it and express it constructively.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. This event can be life-threatening, such as war, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault. But sometimes the event is not necessarily dangerous. For example, the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.
It is normal to feel fear during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers a “fight or flight” response. This is the body’s way of protecting itself from possible danger. It causes changes in the body, such as the release of certain hormones and increases alertness, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.
Over time, most people usually recover well. But people with PTSD do not feel better. They feel stressed and scared long after the trauma is over. In some cases, PTSD symptoms may start later. They may also come and go over time.
Relationships have their ups and downs, and can be challenging at times. While relationship difficulties are normal, it is best to talk about these problems in order to grow as a couple.
Some common relationship difficulties include:
Recurring arguments about the same problems that never get resolved.
One partner feeling dissatisfied and unhappy.
Sex less often or not what it used to be.
One partner spends more and more time on interests and activities outside the relationship.
There is a loss of warmth and sympathy in the relationship, one or both of you talk about not being in love anymore.
Tiredness and difficulty in fulfilling responsibilities at work and at home.
One partner has addiction problems that are affecting the relationship.
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