Losing someone or something you love is one of the worst feelings in the world. Often it’s out of your hands, which sucks because you feel you can’t do anything about it. It might be the death of a loved one, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend or leaving your hometown or tūrangawaewae. Whatever it is, grief is normal.

Everyone deals with big changes and trauma in different ways and sometimes we underestimate just how long it will take to feel better.

When the thing or person you’ve lost is always on your mind you can find it hard concentrating at school or even just watching a movie. Knowing that you can’t have that special, important, someone or something again can make you feel hopeless.

But if it’s been ages and you’re still feeling hopeless, sad or irritable all the time and it’s getting in the way of doing things you used to enjoy, then it might be the sign of something more serious. You might want to take this test to see if you show any of the warning signs of depression.

Get some more advice about dealing with relationship break-ups here. For specific information on dealing with loss or grief, visit the Skylight site.

 

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