Most people can cope with the odd or even several painful life events as long as they are spread out in time. Usually difficult life episodes can be overcome with help from family and/or friends. In fact, such episodes can make them robust and equip them well for the future. However, if the episodes occur one after another and they have not had time to recover in between it can become an overwhelming problem. The family and friends support network may also be over stretched or inappropriate. At a time like that outside professional help may be needed.