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The "Survivor's Guilt" - Part1

The second wave of this pandemic is settling in many parts of country. and this time it has caused devastation on all levels “mental physical emotional financial. Most of us have lost someone to this second wave of Covid, someone from friends family and while we are grieving in our own ways, a lot of us are also going through - Survivor’s Guilt.

Survivor’s guilt is a particular kind of guilt that develops in people who have survived a life-threatening situation. They start to believe they could have done more to save the lives of others. And then there are those who feel guilty that another person died saving them.

Having said that we must understand that clinically survivor’s guilt can be key symptom Post Traumatic stress disorder. Another parallel symptom may be

  • Flashbacks about the event

  • Depression- persistent low mood, low motivation, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and disconnection

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Anxiety and fear

  • Headaches, nausea or stomachache

  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming self

As with PTSD, survivor’s guilt may cause a person to see the world as an unfair and unsafe

Studies says that in many people with survivor’s guilt and other symptoms of PTSD recover without treatment. However, at least one-third of people will continue to have PTSD symptoms for 3 years or longer.

When to take professional Help

However, if a person feels as though they cannot cope on their own, or if symptoms are severe or ongoing, or if there is any suicidal thoughts and ideas of self -harm then it is important to seek professional treatment - speak to a trained Psychologist/Psychiatrist.

The line of treatment is the combination of medicines and therapy.

So watch out for your self as your life matters for those who are looking up to you, watch out in your circle if you see them going from this feeling. Seek help- motivate others to take help.

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