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Thursday 25th August 2016
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Should grief be treated as an illness?

Posted by Julia Hartley-Brewer on February 17, 2012 at 16:42PM

And does it really take a year to recover from having a baby?

A report in the Lancet suggests that too many people are given medication when they are grieving.  I asked you if grief be treated as an illness, and 'treated' or if we should just go through the pain without pills? The general consensus seems to be that grief is something we need to process in order to deal with a bereavement or loss, however painful that grieving may be.  Thanks for sharing your experiences of loss, and whether you chose to have medication or not to cope with the grief.  Some of you were incredibly frank, and we always appreciate your honesty in discussions like this. If you are going through some troubled times now, and need professional help, one of the charities best equipped to offer advice is Cruse, or the NHS website has some helpful hints too. 


Amanda Knox has signed a 2.5 million book deal, to reveal the details of her time in an Italian prison.  She has been cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher, and is a free woman....but should you ever make money out of misery? And should she (as her grandmother suggested) donate some of the cash to the Kercher family? Opinion is divided on this, but I'm pretty sure many of us will buy the book out of curiosity.


And new research suggests that it takes a year to get over giving birth?! Is that really the case? We spoke about how long it took you to feel back to normal after having a baby. The range was huge, and it seems to really depend on the individual. One caller was at Bluewater the day after giving birth, and another was back in her skinny jeans less than two weeks after her baby was born. But someone on the text admitted that their child is now 22, and they're still not quite back to their old self!

I'll be back next Monday from 1pm on LBC 97.3. Have a great weekend.