Are complicated grief criteria better for diagnosing grief disorder than prolonged grief disorder criteria?—Yes.
Nearly everyone experiences bereavement during their life, followed by a period of acute grief. There is substantial evidence that a painful impairing form of grief persists among a minority of bereaved individuals that is associated with heightened suicidality, mental and physical morbidity, and an elevated risk of mortality.1,2 Evidence-based treatments are available for this condition,3 underscoring the need to provide clinicians with reliable diagnostic criteria.
Reynolds CF, Cozza SJ, Shear MK. Clinically Relevant Diagnostic Criteria for a Persistent Impairing Grief Disorder: Putting Patients First. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(5):433–434. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0290
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