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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-20

Complicated grief and its pharmacological management

1 Department of Psychiatry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, India

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Rajesh Kumar
Department of Psychiatry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna
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Introduction : Complicated grief is a debilitating illness with millions of people suffering from this condition globally. In Indian setting, where still the majority of such patients are being seen by primary care physicians, it is imperative for clinicians to understand the phenomenology of grief and to provide evidence-based pharmacotherapy only to those who need it. Materials and Methods : A literature search was done in Pubmed database using the keywords: complicated grief, traumatic grief, prolonged grief. Research articles of pharmacological treatment of complicated grief were also included. Discussion : Various terms related to grief like; bereavement, traumatic grief, prolonged grief as well as the recently introduced terms Persistent complex bereavement disorder (PCBD) and prolonged grief disorder (PGD) were discussed and differentiated. The pharmacological trials targeting complicated grief were also highlighted. Conclusion : Although psychotherapeutic options are available for complicated grief, but there is a need to study drugs of better safety and efficacy profile to be able to provide faster relief to the ever increasing population of persons with complicated grief.

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