Everyone responds differently to a loss, and our reactions tend to change over time. Common reactions include:
It is important to give yourself time to adjust, and not expect to “feel yourself” again right away.
In the midst of this adjustment, look out for unhealthy coping such as:
If you are experiencing these things, please reach out to get support. Help is available, and you don’t need to go through this alone.
You are going through something significant; give yourself time to adjust. Know that everyone experiences grief differently.
If you have significant trouble sleeping for more than a few days, seek help through a counselor or doctor.
It is often helpful to share with others who are also experiencing grief. At other times, it may feel better to talk to someone with some distance from the situation.
How are you feeling? Take a on-line mental health care screening here. Screenings available include depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. This program is completely anonymous. Immediately following the brief questionnaire you see your results, as well as recommendations and resources.
For more information, please contact Counseling Services at Student Health and Counseling. Call (510) 885-3735 or come in person to schedule an appointment with a counselor.