WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATED GRIEF REACTIONS IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Complicated grief reactions require more complex therapies than uncomplicated grief reactions. Complicated grief is identified by the extended length of time of the symptoms, the interference caused by the symptoms, or by the intensity of the symptoms (for example, intense suicidal thoughts or acts). Some of the common problems of complicated bereavement are adjustment disorders (especially depressed and anxious mood or disturbed emotions and behaviour), major depression, substance abuse, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
American Psychological Association (APA), (1994) refers to abnormal grief
reactions as “complicated bereavement”. It is complicated because of the
intensification of the grief to such a level that the person is overwhelmed. They
may therefore resort to maladaptive behaviour or remain in a state of grieving
without progressing through the mourning process.
Normal and complicated mourning are on a continuum…
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