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Complicated grief, sometimes called persistent complex bereavement disorder or separation trauma, is a condition in which a
person feels great anxiety, loneliness, and intense longing after the death of
a loved one. These symptoms last a long time and can take much of a
person's focus and energy.
A person with complicated grief feels anxiety related directly to the
loss of a loved one. This condition differs from post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), a condition in which a person is anxious and fearful that traumatic
events will occur again.
Complicated grief can be treated by a doctor and a grief
Current as of:
February 24, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
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