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Complicated grief in adults: Treatment

M Katherine Shear, MD
Charles F Reynolds III, MD
Naomi M Simon, MD, MSc
Sidney Zisook, MD
Section Editor
Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD


Grief is a natural response to the death of a loved one. However, complications can occur such that acute grief is unrelenting, intense, and functionally debilitating. Complicated grief is a unique and recognizable syndrome that requires specific treatment [1].

This topic reviews treatment of complicated grief. The epidemiology, clinical manifestations, assessment, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis of complicated grief are discussed separately, as are the clinical features of grief and bereavement, management of grief and bereavement, and palliative care.

(See "Complicated grief in adults: Epidemiology, clinical features, assessment, and diagnosis".)

(See "Grief and bereavement in adults: Clinical features".)

(See "Grief and bereavement in adults: Management".)

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