Harvard Health Letter

Grief can hurt — in more ways than one

Stress and depression may lead to new health issues or intensify the symptoms of existing conditions. We tend to think of grieving as an emotional experience, and it is — fraught with intense sadness, profound loss, and psychological pain. But grief has a physical side that sets us up for a number of health risks. “Most of these side effects are the result of emotional distress responses,” explains Dr. Maureen Malin, a…

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