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(p. 9) Complicated Grief 

(p. 9) Complicated Grief
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(p. 9) Complicated Grief
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Roslyn Law

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199746903.003.0002
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date: 20 January 2021

Chapter 2 discusses complicated grief, and how the IPT therapist selects grief as an interpersonal focus when the onset of the patient’s symptoms is associated with the death of a significant other and manifests in a bereavement-related depression. It covers how this reaction differs from the predictable sorrow associated with bereavement – the experience of deprivation and desolation. It examines how the DSM-IV echoes this distinction by excluding immediate bereavement reactions in making the diagnosis of major depression, and how clinicians may diagnose major depression only if symptoms persist for more than 2 months after the death or are characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, suicidal ideation, psychotic symptoms, or psychomotor retardation.

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