Psychiatrist Dr. Katherine Shear searches for treatment of prolonged grief that does not abate over time
NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Unlike normal grief, which though intense improves over time, "complicated grief" is the inability to ever recover after the death of a loved one.
Characterized by prolonged intense yearning and preoccupation with the lost loved one, waves of sadness and longing, bitter protest, caregiver self-blame, and a feeling of profound emptiness that does not lessen with time, complicated grief may be more prevalent in older people than in younger adults. It destroys sufferers' lives for years, is not cured through traditional talk or drug therapies, and has seemed resistant to almost all treatment.
M. Katherine Shear, MD, the Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry at the
"The death of a loved one can take an especially devastating toll on an older adult," says Dr. Shear. "Older people may experience a cascade of losses as their social circles become smaller. The death of a close attachment, be it spouse, adult child, friend, parent, or sibling -- along with the social, financial and medical issues that accompany it -- can throw an individual into a discouraging downward spiral. People who continue to struggle with bereavement after more than six months may be experiencing complicated grief. We believe we can help."
Dr. Shear's study will provide sufferers with 16 weekly treatment sessions over a four-month period. The sessions will be provided on an outpatient basis at the Late Life Depression Clinic of the New York State Psychiatric Institute in Manhattan. Participation is free.
It is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, with the
Symptoms of complicated grief more than six months after the loss include:
If you are -- or know of someone -- age 60 or older and have been bereaved for six months or longer, you can receive additional information on how to enroll in the study by contacting Rachel Fox, project coordinator, at 212-851-2107 or email@example.com.
If you would like to know more about complicated grief, or interview Dr. Katherine Shear, please contact Davia Temin or Christine Summerson of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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