Complicated grief

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What is complicated grief?

Grief is a response to loss such as the loss of a family member, friend, or other loved one. Grief can encompass a variety of emotions, behaviors, and symptoms. Complicated grief occurs when this grief response impairs one's ability to function and persists beyond several months or even years.

Common symptoms reported by people with complicated grief

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with complicated grief

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5
Tried for
complicated grief (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) complicated grief (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
1 more

Data from patients with complicated grief, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with complicated grief

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness aphasia 6 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for complicated grief (2 evaluations)
Side effects
frustration
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
complicated grief (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising injection site bruising
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) complicated grief (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tired feeling at first
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with complicated grief, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has complicated grief on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 14
30s 18
40s 19
50s 26
60s 25
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 15
50-59 years 8
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 11
Female 95

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 34
Not Diagnosed 27

These charts show data from complicated grief patients who have completed their condition history
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