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Charlotte Lankard: Following an emotional upheaval, it is common to feel depressed, anxious and distracted, and common to have good days followed by difficult ones — but two years?
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD clankard@opubco.com Modified: September 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm •  Published: September 24, 2013
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“The Good Identity Crisis: It Lasts Two Years, No Shortcuts” — read a headline in The Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago, written by columnist Elizabeth Bernstein.

Bernstein covers education, philanthropy, psychology and religion — all areas that involve personal relationships. This particular column was about how long it takes someone to move through a crisis.

Bernstein talked to several experts and was told most people should give themselves a good two years to recover from an emotional trauma and — if they were blindsided by the event, such as a sudden death, a spouse leaving unexpectedly or being fired from their job — it could take longer.

Following an emotional upheaval, it is common to feel like you are going crazy, awash in emotions that at times are overwhelming. It can be helpful to understand it is normal to feel depressed, anxious and distracted, and it is common to have good days followed by difficult ones. But for two years?

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