Normal Symptoms of Grief and Stress

PHYSCIAL

  • appetite change
  • tension headache
  • fatigue
  • sleep changes
  • weight changes
  • digestive changes
  • pounding heart
  • accident prone
  • teeth grinding
  • restlessness
  • increased alcohol, drug and tobacco use

MENTAL

  • forgetfulness
  • dull senses
  • poor concentration
  • low productivity
  • negative attitude
  • confusion
  • spacing out
  • lack of motivation
  • sense of presence

SPIRITUAL

  • emptiness
  • loss of faith
  • loss of direction

EMOTIONAL

  • anxiety
  • frustration
  • mood swings
  • bad temper
  • nightmares
  • crying spells
  • irritability
  • “no one understands”
  • depression
  • worrying
  • easily discouraged
  • anger
  • guilt
  • little joy
  • hopelessness

RELATIONAL

  • sense of isolation
  • intolerance
  • loneliness
  • lashing out
  • clamming up
  • hiding
  • distrust
  • fewer contacts
  • loss of intimacy
  • desire for others to reach out
  • desire to be left alone
  • feeling like a “fifth wheel”
  • need to “prove self”
  • fear of being alone