This article talks about the possibility that “grief” will be included as one type of depression in a new version of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders“.
Though grief is a normal and natural reaction in many situations. Though many people move through the 5 Stages of Grief and are able to move on, there are those who have real difficulty dealing with the intense symptoms and face the risk of spiraling out of control. By acknowledging this we make many resources available to those who are having a hard time.
By failing to recognize that not everyone is able to work through this difficult time on their own, we risk losing those people to long term depression and even suicide.
Horses offer an incredible opportunity to heal. They give us a non-judgmental shoulder to cry on, a source of quiet strength and a new challenge that can help to rebuild the confidence we need to go on.