Bereavement – USMLE Exams

by / Tuesday, 29 June 2010 / Published in Psychiatry

Bereavement

  • Bereavement is commonly seen after death of a family member (most commonly seen in older people after death of a spouse).

Diagnosis:

  • Key to the diagnosis is the time that has elapsed since the onset of the bereavement period.
  • Symptoms > 2months makes the diagnosis major depressive disorder instead of normal bereavement.

Treatment:

  • Therapy (grief management) is recommended in such conditions

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