Depression and anxiety can surface following a separation or a loss of a loving relationships. Human societal skills do not teach us how to deal with loss and separation. Positive attachment, family and community are important for healthy living; however, because we are not taught how to cope with loss our protective defenses come in, surfacing as anxious and depressive emotions and behaviors. We can never forget our past; however, we can learn to cope.
What do we to do when we lose a strong attachment? Instinctual processing involves timing to grieve, through externalizing, support systems, and creative expressions. Emotions emerge from deep sadness, confusion, guilt and aloneness. Find your support system and reach out to others. The soul is strong.