Complicated grief in adults: Treatment
- M Katherine Shear, MD
M Katherine Shear, MD
- Professor of Psychiatry
- Columbia University
- Charles F Reynolds III, MD
Charles F Reynolds III, MD
- UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry
- Director, Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research in Late-Life Depression Prevention and Treatment, and the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry
- Director, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of P
- Naomi M Simon, MD, MSc
Naomi M Simon, MD, MSc
- Harvard Medical School
- Director, Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders
- Director, Complicated Grief Program
- Chief Medical Officer, Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Sidney Zisook, MD
Sidney Zisook, MD
- Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
- UC San Diego
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 .
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.
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