Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder
Losing a loved one is one of the most distressing and, unfortunately, common experiences people face. Most people experiencing normal grief and bereavement have a period of sorrow, numbness, and even guilt and anger. Gradually these feelings ease, and it’s possible to accept loss and move forward.
For some people, feelings of loss are debilitating and don’t improve even after time passes. This is known as complicated grief, sometimes called persistent complex bereavement disorder. In complicated grief, painful emotions are so long lasting and severe that you have trouble recovering from the loss and resuming your own life.
Wiki Number: PW160
Diagnosis: Complex Bereavement and Complicated Grief Disorders
US Patients: A minority of the bereaved population
Sex Ratio: F
Age Onset: 61+
Symptoms: Grief and functional impairment last more than 6-12 months; continuous emotional dysregulaton, social isolation & suicidal thoughts
Progression: Non-western cultures appear to retain the grief and difficulties longer than Western cultures.
Causes: conditions prior to the death, major depression, PTSD and sleep disorders, often make it worse. Low income, pessimistic
Therapies: CGT-Complicated Grief Therapy-a helpful 16-week therapy session.
Youtube Video: Lost in Loss: A Window into the Grieving Brain
Amazon or Library Book: F**K Death
Click the book to link or order from Amazon.
Support Group: compassionatefriends.org.find-support; 877-969-0010 (It supports families after a child dies; the website has a directory of chapters.)
Other Support Groups: Often religious organizations have support groups for members or the public.
4 CURRENT ARTICLES
The world-wide medical research
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PubMed article’s summary-abstract.
- Ambiguous loss in family caregivers of loved ones with cancer, a synthesis of qualitative studiesby Charlotte R Weiss on November 17, 2022
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this synthesis of qualitative studies complement the descriptors of ambiguous loss presented in previous theoretical and clinical research. By understanding ambiguous loss as a complex and normal human experience of cancer FCGs, oncology and palliative care healthcare providers can introduce interventions and therapeutics to facilitate caring-healing and resiliency.
- An Internet-delivered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (iCBT) for Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) in adults: A multiple-baseline single-case experimental design studyby Cintia Tur on July 22, 2022
The death of a loved one has physical, psychological, and social consequences. Between 9.8 and 21.5 % of people who lose a loved one develop Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD). Internet- and computer-based interventions (i.e., Internet-delivered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, iCBT) are cost-effective and scalable alternatives that make it possible to reach more people with PGD. The main goal of the present investigation was to examine the effect and feasibility (usability and satisfaction) of an iCBT...
- French-Canadian validation of the Traumatic Grief Inventory-Self Report (TGI-SR)by Jacques Cherblanc on June 10, 2022
The Traumatic Grief Inventory Self-Report (TGI-SR), which aims to assess both Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder and Prolonged Grief Disorder, has been validated in several languages. This study sought to validate the French-Canadian version. We conducted an online survey exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on grief. With data from 728 participants, the scale demonstrated high internal consistency, correlated significantly with three other scales known to measure similar concepts,...
- The Network Structure of ICD-11 Disorders Specifically Associated with Stress: Adjustment Disorder, Prolonged Grief Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorderby Thanos Karatzias on March 28, 2022
INTRODUCTION: The ICD-11 includes a new grouping for "disorders specifically associated with stress" that contains revised descriptions of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and adjustment disorder (AjD) and new diagnoses in the form of complex PTSD (CPTSD) and prolonged grief disorder (PGD). These disorders are similar in that they each require a life event for the diagnosis; however, they have not yet been assessed together for validity within the same sample. We set out to test the...