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Deeply affected by family member's demise, have difficulty in sleeping, nightmares, heart sinking, breathing issues. Help?

Hi, my grandmother passed away this morning. I haven t come across any death in my family befor this. I look physically and mentally fine from outside where as I feel I m deeply affected. I am unable to sleep. If I sleep, I have nightmares from which I wake up jus after 2-3 minutes. I m also having heartsinking and heavybreathing problem. Please help.
Asked On : Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

Bereavement can be a difficult thing. It appears that you have not had any prior experiences with death in your family, close or extended, nor do you have any friends of friends who died. Having problems with sleep and being anxious are common symptoms of bereavement and is not a cause of concern if the bereavement is recent. You will probably get over the symptoms or they will gradually improve over time. However, if you feel like they are affecting your daily functioning in any way, I recommend that you see a psychiatrist for anxiety. I hope this helps.

Take care.
Answered: Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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