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There is no definite point in time or a list of symptoms that define
grief. The term unresolved grief (sometimes called
prolonged or chronic grief) is grief that lasts longer than usual for a
person’s social circle or cultural background. It may also be used to describe
grief that does not go away or interferes with the person’s ability to take
care of daily responsibilities.
Complicated grief is a period of intense grief and
anxiety that lasts 6 months or more. Complicated grief responds well to counseling. A grief
counselor can help you work through your grief and learn to accept your loss.
Unresolved grief tends to be more common in people who:
How people express unresolved grief varies. People may:
In addition to the list above, teens may show unresolved grief by
using illegal drugs, taking part in illegal activities (such as stealing), or
having unprotected sex. They may also become more accident-prone, avoid their
friends, and have difficulty completing school work.
Young children may show unresolved grief by developing behavior
problems or expressing fears about being alone, especially at night.
People with unresolved grief who do not seek treatment are more
likely to develop complications such as depression as a result of
October 17, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
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