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Can distraction deal with loss better than "talk therapy"?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
No: Distraction is only a temporary fix. The issues may come back to haunt you sometimes years later. The best way out is through, as painful as it may be to confront the sorrow and the pain.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
There's No Right Way: The research on loss & trauma shows that most ppl find ways 2heal & move on w/their lives, recovering their ability 2function/enjoy others+life. This majority of ppl heal *without* talk therapy or medication! we've learned that how ppl come 2weave the story of their loss or trauma in2 the bigger story of their lives matters. Those who get stuck in the loss/trauma can benefit from help in some form.

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