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So, what if we look at mental disorders not as categories but as complex networks of symptoms? This study illustrates the importance of assessing bereavement and PGD symptoms in those seeking treatment following trauma.
With this approach, we have investigated the presence and importance of Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) symptoms in a sample of 458 patients visiting a psycho-trauma clinic. Most participants (65%) were members of a class that exhibited elevated endorsement of PGD symptoms. PGD, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), and depression symptoms hung together as highly overlapping but distinguishable communities of symptoms. Symptoms related to social isolation and a diminished sense of self bridged these communities. Violent loss was associated with more difficulty accepting the loss. The loss of close kin was most strongly associated with difficulty moving on in life.
This study illustrates the importance of assessing bereavement and PGD symptoms in those seeking treatment following trauma.
Like to read more? The study has been published Open Acces in Depression and Anxiety!