WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT STRATEGIES FOR COMPLICATIONS OF BEREAVEMENT?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Treatment
should target the symptoms experienced by the patient. It is now very clear
that bereaved individuals who have Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) respond to
antidepressant medication and/or psychotherapy similarly to those who are not
bereaved. A very interesting recent study suggests that treatment of MDD as
early as a month after the death may be extremely helpful and prevent later
symptoms. Similarly, for those who meet criteria for PTSD, it makes sense to
provide treatment similar to that used with other PTSD patients. However, the
most common post bereavement problems centre around traumatic grief reactions,
and unfortunately, few treatments have been developed or tested for symptoms of
Traumatic Grief. Studies of early intervention for grief document some
reduction in grief symptoms, with support groups showing efficacy equal to that
of active psychotherapy.An early study of a behavioural therapy
called “guided mourning” also appeared to have beneficial effects,
although grief…

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