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How do i cope with a bad breakup?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Many things: First be retrospective & introspective. Why did it happen and was this a good or bad thing done for the right or wrong decisions. What was good about the relationship & bad about it? Assess your and their responsibiltiy for any issues. Then, talk it out and talk often. Seek a close friend, a family member, a mentor, a clergy or a counsellor as needed. Try to see the good in it. Don't dwell.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Learn to let go.: Relationships work only when both people want them to, even when reasons may not be the best. It takes only one person to destroy a relationship. It helps to know why it failed so you have a better chance to cope successfully with the breakup. Know your true support systems and talk it over with trusted people. Be honest about your own faults and get counseling if you can't get a grip on your own.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Very painful: There are few events in life more painful than breaking up with a loved one. Often the pain is made much worse because a breakup means than many unresolved matters between the two will remain that way. It will surely help for you to speak to a professional: most psychiatrists & psychologists have extensive experience. It's probably the most common reason people see them. Ask yr md for a referral.
Dr. Nikel Rogers-wood
Clinical Psychology 13 years experience
This can be hard: I'm sorry to hear that you are going through a bad breakup. One of the most important things that you can do right now is to seek support from family & friends. Also, finding a good therapist to help you to process your experience & grieve the loss of your relationship in a supportive environment will be helpful as well. Good luck, and don't forget that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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