Grief and it’s Sister, Trauma: Looking at the Intersections of Loss and Trauma
For this conversation, we will be looking closer at grief, as well as its relationship to trauma. This includes the key similarities/differences between grief and trauma, and how the brain and nervous system comes into play. This will also really hone in on how, as clinicians, we can come to see grief clearer as a full body experience, including how grief affects the body, and treat those who have faced loss that feels traumatizing even if it is not categorized as a traumatic loss.
Gina Moffa, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist, mental health educator, and media consultant in New York City. In practice for nearly two decades, she has helped thousands of people seeking treatment for trauma, grief, as well as challenging life experiences and transitions. This includes work with Holocaust survivors at 92Y, as well as being a clinical director for a Mt. Sinai Hospital Outpatient Program (The Addiction Institute at Mt. Sinai) specializing in substance use disorder. She received her master’s degree in social work with a specialty in trauma from New York University. Most recently, Gina has written a book on grief called, Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go: A Modern Guide to Navigating Loss (Hachette Book Group), which comes out on shelves around the world on August 22nd, 2023.
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A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.