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Grief, stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder 

Grief, stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder
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Grief, stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder
Author(s):

Tim Dalgleish

, Jenny Yiend

, and Ann-Marie J. Golden

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.260501
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date: 22 October 2017

Grief—this is the constellation of psychological responses to the loss of a loved one. Normal grief arguably develops in stages and dissipates in strength and impact over time. Some people (14–34%) suffer from pathological grief, where intense emotional distress and impairment of functioning persist for 6 months or more. This is often comorbid with other psychiatric disorders. Grief—and pathological grief in particular—carry an increased risk of mortality in the bereaved person, hence treatment of pathological grief using psychological therapy is advised....

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