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Antidepressants and Complicated Grief…any other way?

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, Is the best and probably only way to get through complicated grief through the use of antidepressants? Thanks. Demi   Dear Demi, Both clinical experience and clinical research suggest that antidepressant medication is a mixed blessing in the context of bereavement, for several reasons. In fact, for many years psychiatrists agreed that …

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My husband’s daughter accused him of molesting her

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My husband passed away suddenly and unexpectedly over two years ago. I am in a lot of emotional pain, but that’s not why I am writing. Three decades ago my husband’s daughter accused him of molesting her; this recollection had come to her, she said, during a course of psychotherapy. He said …

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Mom has turned bedroom into a shrine to my departed father… – copy

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 10, 2020 | 1 Comment

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My question is regarding my mother.   We lost my father very unexpectedly this past summer, and she is having a very hard time with his loss, as we all are.  My question is this: Is it good for her to have her bedroom looking like a shrine to him, so that whenever …

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Mother died in car accident while son was driving

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, Thirteen years ago I experienced a seizure while driving.  My mother was killed in the accident.  I had an extremely close relationship with my mother.  I continue to feel guilty and struggle to make sense of this tragedy. Phil Dear Phil, Your tragic story, summarized vividly in so few words, conveys the catastrophic …

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Advice for a daughter who lost her husband: 7/27/20

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My 23 year old daughter lost her husband two years ago. He was a soldier and her high school sweetheart. He was killed in a car accident on a military base. She is so lost and devastated. She feels like she has lost her identity and has questioned everything in life now. …

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Spouses grieving loss of a daughter differently

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dr. Neimeyer, My daughter passed away four years ago. My husband and I grieve so differently. I find it difficult to feel supported by him because I have always needed to talk about my grief while he rarely talks about his. When I cry, he doesn’t know what to say and doesn’t really offer the …

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Preparing for the anniversary of my daughter’s passing

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 7, 2020 | 1 Comment

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, How do I handle the one year anniversary of my daughter’s passing, which is coming up next month? She left three babies behind, and I found her in her room with the boys with her. Luckily they were sleeping. But I can’t get that vision out of my head! I cry, I …

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My Daughter Took Her Own Life – Gay Pride Month

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My only child, my 16 year old daughter, took her own life just one month ago.  She showed no signs at all.  Straight A student, worked as cashier part time, saving money for college.  She just finished her College Boards and got an amazing score.  I know this wasn’t planned–she had placed orders …

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I found my dad’s body on Father’s Day

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear. Dr. Neimeyer, Do you think that because I  found my dad’s body a few hours after a normal visit that could be a reason I’m having such a difficult time now with his death? Today is five months and I can’t stop crying. I lost my dad on Father’s Day and it was so unexpected. …

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Unpredictability of Grief: a Letter to Sofia

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I’m a writer for my high school’s award-winning newspaper and I’m writing an article about the unpredictability of grief. I would love if you could answer some of my questions regarding the subject, because a lot of the students at are school have lost people recently. Here are my questions   Sofia …

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