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Grief Can Be A Mind-Altering Experience, Literally

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When we go through the experience of deep loss after the death of a loved one, it might feel like our brains are being ripped apart. In a way, that is what is happening.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows grief has a physical impact on the brain.

What does the latest research tell us about the effects of grief? How do the mind, brain, and body respond and heal following traumatic loss? What are some strategies for regaining your emotional balance?

Guest: Lisa Shulman, professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and author of "Before and After Loss: A Neurologist's Perspective on Loss, Grief, and Our Brain"

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This interview aired on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.