Prolonged grief disorder

Journal: Die Psychiatrie - Grundlagen und Perspektiven
ISSN: 1614-4864

WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry

Issue: 2017 (Vol. 14): Issue 4 2017
Pages: 239-244

Prolonged grief disorder

H. Znoj (1)

(1) Universität Bern, Institut für Psychologie, Abteilung für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Bern, Schweiz


bereavement, psychological therapy, risk-factors, prolonged grief disorder


Perhaps due to the lack of conceptualization of prolonged, complicated or persistent grief (bereavement) disorder there is no definite terminology. However, there is consent of the phenomenon that grief can persist over the culturally expected norms, and that grief reaction even can become more intense. The symptoms however are not distinguishable from intensive grief reaction. In the article, mechanisms are described that maintain and even intensify these reactions. In addition, symptoms of prolonged grief as well as risk-factors are described. In terms of psychological intervention specific principles and psychological impact factors have been evaluated. Grief is a natural reaction following the loss of a loved one (e.g. partner, child). In so far, the mentioned principles can also be applied on persistent problems related to separation of still living persons.

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