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Prolonged Grief Disorder: Psychometric Validation of Criteria Proposed for DSM-V and ICD-11

  • Holly G. Prigerson mail,

    Holly_Prigerson@dfci.harvard.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Mardi J. Horowitz,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Selby C. Jacobs,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Colin M. Parkes,

    Affiliation: St. Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham, and St. Joseph's Hospice, Hackney, England

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  • Mihaela Aslan,

    Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Karl Goodkin,

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Beverley Raphael,

    Affiliation: Department of Population Mental Health and Disasters, University of Western Sydney Medical School, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Samuel J. Marwit,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Camille Wortman,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York, United States of America

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  • Robert A. Neimeyer,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • George Bonanno,

    Affiliation: Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Susan D. Block,

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • David Kissane,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Paul Boelen,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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  • Andreas Maercker,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

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  • Brett T. Litz,

    Affiliations: Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, National Center for PTSD, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Jeffrey G. Johnson,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Michael B. First,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Paul K. Maciejewski

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: August 04, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000121

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PGD: what???

Posted by Aloisia on 19 Aug 2009 at 21:12 GMT

Is it the modern times that say: okay, 6 months is long enough, grab yourself together and go on with your life?
How do you measure the loss, the pain when the love of your life dies after being together with him for 50 years? How can you say that being sad over his death for more than 6 months is a disease? My father died june 2005 and my mother is now ready to go out in the world again. But she has not been ill; it took her some time to realise that she has some more time to go and she can do activities without my father. It took me 3 years to recover, but I have a history of depressions and maybe that made me more vulnerable. I think that grieving is a very personal experience and for every single person different and not to catch in 6 months.

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