Complicated Grief

Complicated grief, sometimes called persistent complex bereavement disorder or separation trauma, is a condition in which a person feels great anxiety, loneliness, and intense longing after the death of a loved one. These symptoms last a long time and can take much of a person's focus and energy.

A person with complicated grief feels anxiety related directly to the loss of a loved one. This condition differs from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition in which a person is anxious and fearful that traumatic events will occur again.

Complicated grief can be treated by a doctor and a grief counselor.

Current as of: February 24, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry