timesofummah.com – The Impact of Losing a Beloved Pet on Psychological Conditions. Some people consider pets as part of the family. It’s not surprising, because its presence gives happiness in our lives. Strong emotional bonds make us willing to do anything to make our pets happy.
However, most pets have a shorter lifespan than humans. What is the impact of his death on our psychological condition?
1. Deep sadness can last for months, even more than a year!
Losing a pet is as painful as the death of a loved one. At least, that’s how some people feel. In fact, some of them experience long-term grieving or long-term sadness.
A book entitled Clinician’s Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction published in 2018 found that the duration of deep grief felt by pet owners varied.
Involving 82 people, as many as 25 percent feel sad for 3-12 months, 50 percent for 12-19 months, and 25 percent are still grieving for up to 2-6 years.
2. Makes it difficult for some people to focus
According to doctor Brynna Connor on her personal website, people who have lost pets may find it difficult to focus and constantly think about memories with their pets. Because it has the potential to disrupt work, some people decide to take mourning leave.
Mourning leave due to the death of a pet is not common in Indonesia, but it is quite common in Western countries. According to Cary Cooper, professor of organizational psychology at the University of Manchester, England, refusing a bereavement permit creates unproductive workers, he told the BBC’s website.
3. There are also those who feel guilty and regret
Quoting Verywell Mind, guilt makes a person judge himself negatively and feel depressed or fail. Guilt is usually followed by regret and the desire to turn back time.
According to Joy Dias, PhD, LMFT, GC-C, from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, United States (US), we may feel guilty because:
- Not taking him to the vet sooner.
- Insensitivity or ignoring symptoms exhibited prior to death.
- Spend less time together.
- Not giving enough food or affection.
- Never yelled at or treated pets roughly.
4. Many suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is defined as a psychiatric disorder that occurs in people who experience or witness a traumatic event. One of them is the loss of a beloved pet.
Based on a survey conducted in Hawaii, USA, involving 106 people and cited by National Geographic, 75 respondents experienced PTSD after losing their pets. In addition, it can also trigger depression and anxiety, especially in people who already have these conditions before.
5. Some even have broken heart syndrome!
After the death of Meha, her nine-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, a woman developed takotsubo cardiomyopathy or broken heart syndrome. This is outlined in more detail in The New England Journal of Medicine in October 2017.
Reported by the British Heart Foundation, this is a condition in which the heart muscle suddenly weakens, usually due to severe emotional and physical stress. More than 90 percent of reported cases occur in women aged 58–75 years.
So, that’s the impact of losing a beloved pet on our psychological condition. I hope you stay strong and get through it well, okay!