Psychiatrist Dr. Matt Stanley at Avera Behavioral Health
Depression can be a debilitating illness which is often times brought on by grief. We talked to Dr. Matt Stanley, a psychiatrist at Avera Behavioral Health Center about dealing with them both.
Psychiatrist Dr. Matt Stanley at Avera Behavioral Health Center says, "We don't stop and think about it, but grief is far more prevalent in our lives than we realize. What we see on admissions to the hospital at Avera Behavioral Health is grief is almost always a factor, sometimes the precipitating factor, sometimes it's the contributing factor we deal with in cases of major depression.
It is a very personal, individual thing with no script to follow, no timeline. We all have different ways of dealing with it. That's sometimes what frightens us because we don't know if what I'm feeling is normal and how I'm feeling is normal. It helps to talk to someone. We have grief counselors here at ABHC, or talk to your pastor, priests. There are all different kinds of grief counseling programs out there.
The important thing is to talk to someone about it. A lot of people deal with their grief by blocking it out, denying it and this will just prolong things. You don't always need to end up using medication, but in cases of major depression it might help. I think most of us think we are isolated. We think we can deal with it, but really you should find someone to talk to. There is always the Helpline 211. Reach out because there are people out there to help you."
If you need help call Avera Behavioral Health 24 Hour Assessment Line with trained counselors on the other end. 1.800.691.4336