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Breakups

Breakups represent times of turmoil that can often be unavoidable.  People can tend to focus on the negative aspects of the end of a relationship and completely ignore the positive side of the situation.  A breakup likely occurred after some amount of fighting or arguing in a relationship when one person finally reached a breaking point.  The reality is that breakups are actually a type of trauma that have deep psychological impacts.  It’s common to want to believe that there are stages to a grieving process, but it is more important to accept that there are no time constraints on recovery, and for some people this process can be painstakingly long.

Complications

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Withdrawal
  • Denial
  • Feeling alienated or isolated
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Loneliness
  • Losing a sense of self
  • Substance abuse

Treatment

When breakups occur, there is less focus on treating a disorder and more focus on helping a person grow and feel like they can return to their fully functioning self.  A therapist can help reevaluate the situation and the relationship and offer much needed perspective.  Rather than seeing a breakup as the end, it can be viewed as merely the end of a portion of one’s life and the beginning of something new.  With this perspective, breakups are actually seen as times of growth and personal development.

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