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Abnormal Grieving

Alternate Names : Pathological Grieving, Unresolved Grief

Abnormal Grieving | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

The goal of treatment is to identify and help resolve any difficulties that prevent the person from completing the tasks of mourning. Grieving is considered to be complete when the person is able to experience pleasure, take on new roles, and look forward to new events. Occasional feelings of sadness may remain. However, memories of the deceased no longer cause physical responses of sorrow or pain.

Psychotherapy may be needed if a person is not able to complete the grieving process. Medicine such as antidepressants may be helpful. There are many support groups for people who have lost a loved one.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects are specific to the medicine used, if any.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

With treatment, the person usually will be able to work through the grieving process and find happiness in life again.

How is the condition monitored?

A person may need to continue with psychotherapy for awhile. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the doctor.

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Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/01/01

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