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What is a normal grieving period? (i.E. After how many months does grieving become maladaptive and a person should seek help)

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Dr. Alan Cohen
Psychiatry

In brief: Bereavement

This is a timely question.
Apa guidelines(being revised) say after 2 months, if symptoms persist, it is a major depression, or pathological grief. If the symptoms are more severe during the 2 months or later , pathological grief or depression may be dx'd. My experience is to focus on the unique patient situation, culturally, spiritually, psychologically, etc.Treatment may be needed at any time.

In brief: Bereavement

This is a timely question.
Apa guidelines(being revised) say after 2 months, if symptoms persist, it is a major depression, or pathological grief. If the symptoms are more severe during the 2 months or later , pathological grief or depression may be dx'd. My experience is to focus on the unique patient situation, culturally, spiritually, psychologically, etc.Treatment may be needed at any time.
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